Reid Wilson, The Hill, relates this from a speech given by Sen. John Cornyn, Chairman of the NRSC on February 27, 2009 at the Conservative Political Action Conference:
Cornyn warned the gathered conservatives, in town for their annual three-day pilgrimage to hear from Republican luminaries, that not all of the candidates the party recruits will adhere to conservative orthodoxy all the time, a message at odds with other speakers at the conference who urged a return to Reaganite roots.
"Not all of these candidates are going to hold conservative positions on every issue," Cornyn said. "It's critical that our candidates fit their states if they're going to win."
Cornyn is making the case that winning is everything, even if winning is predicated on shucking the very principals our party foundation is built on. How sad that in such a short time the Republican Party has gone from being the party of Ronald Reagan to the party of the lesser of two evils.
Americans are proud of their country and want to be proud of their vote. They don’t want to choose a candidate simply because he is less worse than the other guy. People will say that winning beats the heck out of losing, but how is that possible if you lose even when you win?
I said in Actions Do Speak Louder Than Words that the NRSC needs to tell conservatives what they stand for. Winning at any cost is not a worth-while goal that any conservative should support.