Why Should Conservatives Cross The Road ...
One idea making the rounds in the conservative media is that the Republicans lost the House and Senate because they weren't conservative enough, and failed to energize the base.
The stats don't bear that out.
According to exit polls:
-- Compared with the midterm election in 2002, Republicans lost significant support among independents and suburbanites — prime groups of swing voters that both parties pursue. Young people, voters with college degrees and secular voters also moved decisively to the Democrats.
-- White evangelical Christians remained a bulwark: Seven in 10 voted for Republicans. (MSNBC reported 71% voted for Republicans in 2006, compared with 72% in 2004.)
-- Republicans focusing on issues important to the Christian Right, including banning same-sex marriage and embryonic stem cell research, apparently alienated less devout voters. Those who attend church only occasionally moved to the Democrats by 9 percentage points, compared with 2004. Those who never attend church moved away from the GOP by 11 percentage points.
So if the GOP wants to lose again in 2008, it should redouble its efforts to woo social conservatives -- and watch every other group of voters turn to the Democrats.