While much of the nation's conservatives have been celebrating the historic 60+ seat gain for the GOP in the US House of Representatives, here in Massachusetts there seems at first glance little to cheer about. The Democrats won every statewide race and all 10 congressional seats. After a year or more of strong grass roots toil and sweat, after recruiting and pushing forward the most qualified slate of conservative candidates MA has seen in decades, after many of the races gained national exposure, we lost- everything. But upon further contemplation, maybe we did gain something, something more important to a New England GOP- a future.
All that grass roots work, all those solid candidates, all those experiences are not going to fade into the background. We have begun the long term process of building the foundations of a new conservative base in MA and greater New England. Changing the bluest state in the union can not happen over night. Many of us wanted to think Scott Brown was the herald of a reborn Yankee conservatism, and maybe it was, but it will take time to germinate, grow, and finally come to fruition.
We may only have to wait 2 years to see some results. Sean Bielat, who gave Barney Frank a legitimate run, may very well be back in 2 years when many assume Frank will finally retire.There are now twice as many Republicans in the state house who will be groomed for higher offices. If we had not had a Tea Party fueled wave of conservative candidates this year there may not have been a bench of players available to run when seats become open, when incumbents stumble.
It will take time, but battles like this happen over decades, not single election cycles. If we are committed to for the long haul in ten years we could have an election where the GOP is on even ground with the Democrats. We have to keep pushing every cycle for more candidates, more challenges. Slowly but surely we can build the Republican party- even here in Massachusetts.
Crossposted at The Moderate Republican.