Ladies and gentlemen, go ahead and attack me. Don’t attack the moderates in the party; don’t attack the Republican establishment; don’t attack the country club types who are in the process of destroying the Republican Party. No, no, no, no, go right ahead and attack me. . . .
[T]he Republican Party . . . has sold out to the pseudoconservatives of the New York Times and the DC-New York media establishment who think that Rockefeller Republicanism and country club Republicanism is the future of the party. . . .
They see the loss of these three seats as evidence that their Big Government conservatism is the only way to win elections, that if the Republicans had run somebody like McCain, if the Republicans’ candidate down there had been pro-global warming as the Democrats wanted, and for a compassionate, active government that grows larger, then they would have won. That is the way they’re going to take this. That’s the way they’re going to spin it at the RNC on down. They see the destruction and the mayhem they’ve unleashed in the Republican Party as justification for more of the same. They blame conservatism where conservatism has been abandoned.