Federal Losses, Local Victories?

Last week, I mentioned Willmoore Kendall’s observation that, for some reason, conservative ideas tend to do better in smaller constituencies (giving us an advantage in congressional races), while liberal ideas tend to do better when put to a nation-wide vote (giving them the advantage in presidential races). Therefore, I argued, maybe it’d be smarter for us to prioritize and focus first on gaining and maintaining control of Congress, with winning the presidency coming in at priority number two. Well, I just read a piece by Mr. Jonah Goldberg at NRO, and I wonder if perhaps it might be a little vindication of Kendall’s insight (and, I ever-so-humbly submit, my own argument). Here’s an excerpt:

…The GOP has its troubles. Long-term demographic trends; often-irrational animosity from Hollywood, the media, and academia; a thumbless grasp of the culture on the part of many Republicans: All of these things create a headwind for the party and the broader conservative movement.

But here’s the weird part. That’s all true of presidential politics, but less so when it comes to state politics or even other federal races. In 2010, the GOP had its best performance in congressional races since 1938.

In North Carolina, a state that is supposed to represent the trends benefitting Democrats — it’s attracting liberal northern transplants, immigrants, high-tech workers, etc. — the GOP now has veto-proof majorities in the state house and senate. Last November, North Carolina became the 30th state with a GOP governor.

What gives?

Excellent question, indeed. By the way, you can check out the whole thing here.

(I’ve been quite short on time this week–two kids with the flu–so, if I may be so bold, I ask you to forgive the lack of commentary.)