Last Wednesday - the day after the GOP was taken to the electoral woodshed - I wrote that the midterm election results did not point to a conservative defeat, but rather to a Republican defeat.
And as I said on last night's Kudlow & Company - as of last Tuesday - the days of big government conservatism are over.
Following the GOP's much needed electoral shellacking, we are heading back to Reagan's principals of limited government.
Newt Gingrich agrees:
When it comes to the lessons of the 2006 elections, it's very important to set the record straight. I traveled throughout the country this election year. I met with Americans in all the key states. And what I now understand is this: Republicans lost, but conservatism didn't...
We should rebuild the grassroots conservative movement. From the Reagan Revolution of 1980 through the Contract with America in 1994, it was this movement from outside Washington that carried us to the first center-right majority governing coalition in more than 60 years.
The problem has not been with conservatism or with our voters.
The problem has been with Republican leaders who forgot who elected them and what values their supporters expected to see implemented in Washington....