I have to say "nice try" on this but Rick Moran misses
a few key points about Reynolds in his article. First, Reynolds is neither a Republican nor a conservative —— he is a libertarian who to the best of my knowledge has never disclosed a party affiliation (other than to say he is not a Republican). So all this talk about him wanting what is "best for the party" is bunk. Second, the reasons Reynolds gave for the Repubs deserving defeat reflected his own agenda more than anything and (I think) are largely passe and irrelevant to many conservatives at this point ——— Terri Schiavo, Harriet Miers, Dubai Ports, etc. The only really valid one was illegal immigration.
I enjoy Reynolds' InstaPundit blog and the range of topics he links to, but I think it's pretty clear that there is alot of "wanting to be seen as the smartest guy in the room" positioning going on, as well as wanting to be on both sides of the issue so that he can't be called wrong later on. Any reader of his blog knows that is great at saying, "I told you so." He also has taken to hiding behind others' opinions on this issue, with links to James Taranto of the WSJ and a couple of other unknown bloggers (JoeUser and someone else) to better explain his position. This, to me, is very weak. It's a little irritating to see conservative bloggers defending him ——— he isn't making a very good showing.
Diane Shomper, Wilmington, DE