Asked what conservatives can do "tomorrow or in the very near future, to have a better outcome in 2014 and 2016," Jim Geraghty answered:
He explains in the Morning Jolt newsletter:
....The tea-party movement was born in the immediate aftermath of Obama's initial actions in office, the stimulus and the beginnings of the Obamacare debate (along with a lingering anger over TARP). I dismiss most of the talk about the Tea Party being "over" or fading away, but I do worry about burnout.
Most Americans don't pay attention to politics, and a lot of tea-party members are folks who wish they didn't have to pay attention to politics. They have other things they would like to spend time and energy and money on: their families, their businesses or professional lives, their other passions. But they were spurred by the events of 2008 and 2009 to get active, because they felt their livelihoods, their chance for a better future, and their country's future were endangered by reckless policies in Washington, and they proved an immensely powerful political force. But you can't expect every tea-party activist to operate at 110 percent passion and dedication in perpetuity.
Online and elsewhere I hear some activists respond to this month's defeat with comments in the vein of, "We just have to fight harder! We have to double our efforts! The fate of the nation is at stake, and we need to be twice as committed, twice as active, twice as passionate, twice as . . ."
As a dear friend said shortly after the election, "It is heartbreaking when you give your all and you learn it wasn't enough." The problem in this campaign was not that grassroots conservatives didn't try hard enough, or put in enough effort, or that any of us didn't want it bad enough. There will be more fights down the road (probably soon with the fiscal cliff, etc.), and they will surely ignite our passions and furies naturally, but the Right will sputter if there isn't some recognition of the activists' need to rest and recharge their batteries -- particularly after such a Herculean effort that still resulted in such a disappointing result.
Rest. It's nothing to be ashamed of.