1. Conservatives ought to be wary of opponents bearing advice. A case in point is the idea that we must jettison the "Sarah Palin" wing of the party. I'm not sure what that wing is, although I suppose it means social conservatism. It's hard for me to see how that is the lesson to be drawn from successive election defeats in which social issues were not predominant. This election turned out to be about the economy. If there is any imperative for conservatives, it is about how to fashion policies that help the market to work for the middle class and to learn how to articulate the way in which it does apart from talk about taxes.
2. Incidentally, the Palin bashing by McCain's people and his silence on it are shameful. The charges are facially incredible and the idea that McCain lost because of Palin is silly. He lost the election on September 15.
3. We should be careful about talk of realignment or a new Democratic era. In 1976, Jimmy Carter was elected President and there were 292 Democrats in the House and 61 in the Senate. Our new President was also thought to be transformative. He was the first Southerner to have been elected without having first served as Vice President since Reconstruction and this was said to have healing and racially redemptive qualities. He was said to be a breath of fresh air after the imperial and heavy handed Nixon presidency. He spoke of moral renewal and a government as good as the American people. I recall that he walked during the Inaugural Parade and everyone swooned. There was - I was there and remember - talk about how the youth vote (that would have been me and my contemporaries) meant the end of the GOP. Four years later, the Dems had lost 49 seats in the House, 15 in the Senate and the Presidency.
4. I note that, in today's Washington Post, an omsbudsman came to the conclusion that the paper had been biased in favor of Obama and that gambling has been going on at Rick's nightclub in Casablanca. Sorry, they say, our bad. That's ok. The New York Times is still stuck on the first step. It looks like the Post has already moved to the fifth ("Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.")
5. Lighten up on the Nancy Reagan joke. It was funny.