...the conservative base in the United States, far from dragging their party moblike into an unelectable extreme, has made the decentralized decision to support the realistically best candidate they can relative to the context in which he’s being elected. The 23rd special district election can also be seen in this light; throwing Scozzafava overboard made far more sense in the context of that electorate.
During Obama's first year in office, conservatives have done a surprisingly good job of choosing battles wisely. As a result, we had an important victory this week. But we didn’t cross a finish line on Tuesday night — we crossed the starting line.