"The Sun Will Come Out......"
Since the previous Tuesday there's been a lot of long faces on college campuses throughout Our Country. After the Republican Party was clubbed like a baby seal in the elections it has caused many College Republicans to become introspective.
In the aftermath of the election, young Republicans grappling with the results are looking at not only why Sen. Barack Obama won over Sen. John McCain, but what the party needs to do in future elections.
"The results were disheartening and I'm sorry to see Virginia go blue for the first time since 1964," David Skiles, 21, the political director of the Fairfax County Republican committee said. "But we were fighting a massive operation - I have to give credit to Senator Obama. The amount of money he threw at us - he was able to keep us on our defenses."
Skiles personally thought that Obama's grassroots approach to the campaign won him the election.
"It wasn't necessarily that Obama was outperforming McCain, it was that he had more people out there at the metro stops and the farmer's markets," Skiles said. "Psychologically, that sent a message."Matthew DeLeon, the 20-year-old first vice chairman of the College Republicans at George Mason University, said he thought McCain did not win for several reasons. DeLeon said that the selection of Sarah Palin as a vice presidential candidate - though made to help win over the base - worked against him due to her "lack of understanding of key issues."
OYE Comment: It's no surprise that the College and Young Republicans lost the election. After all, if they really had the courage of their convictions, they would have contacted military recruiters/ROTC/OCS/whatever to volunteer to serve their country in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.