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Rush’s Morning Update: No Excuses
January 20, 2010

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One year ago, we were told the Republicans had become a regional party; no chance of winning in the Northeast. We were told– sadly, by some alleged conservatives– that it was time to “get over” Reagan, that the “era of Reagan was over.” We were told Republicans were doomed to wander in the wilderness for a generation.

And then came Virginia. And New Jersey. And then we lost the Olympics. Yes. And now the people of Massachusetts have been liberated! It’s been almost 60 years, but the so-called Kennedy seat has been returned to the people. In New York, recent polling puts former two-term Republican Governor George Pataki 13 points ahead of Hillary’s replacement, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. A majority, 51 percent, say they’d goPataki; 38 percent for the babe.

In California, land of a thousand liberals, another liberal icon, Barbara “Call Me Senator” Boxer, is polling under 50 percent. She’s leading Republican challengers by only 3 or 4 points in a state where Republicans haven’t won a Senate seat in 42 years. In Nevada, Democrat Majority Leader Senator Dingy Harry is in deep doo-doo (I would be surprised if he resigns). In Arkansas, Blanche Lincoln has her hip boots on. Seven-term Arkansas Democrat Congressman Vic Snyder announced he wouldn’t seek re-election. That’s five of those.

The myth that conservatives can’t win in blue states is exploded by this year’s elections in New Jersey — and now Massachusetts. Liberals can be beaten, in their own backyards and across this nation. This is the time. This is the year. No more excuses.Conservatism does it.

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