Quoted in USA Today

Matt Kelley writes:

The celebrations surrounding the inauguration of President Obama on Tuesday had many on the political right feeling left out. . . .
Losing the White House is a letdown for Republicans, who lost control of Congress two years ago. Nevertheless, some conservatives such as Liz Mair, the former online communications director for the Republican National Committee, said they were proud of the new president.
“Like many others, and perhaps Republicans especially, I’m also a little bit apprehensive about what the next four years will bring,” Mair said in an e-mail after the ceremony.
“The majority of conservatives are, to some extent, bummed out,” says Robert Stacy McCain, a conservative blogger and contributing writer to The American Spectator magazine. “But I don’t think there is any sense of deprivation or depression among the people I talk to.”

So far as I can tell, conservatives aren’t going through anything like the grief/angst/outrage that Democrats went through after the 2000 and 2004 elections. There may be activists who would like to generate that kind of reaction, but most conservatives have got real lives — jobs and families — and don’t go in for the sturm und drang stuff like those 28-year-old gay grad-student types who attach themselves to the Democratic Party like barnacles to a ship’s hull.

UPDATE: Welcome Instapundit readers! (Who throws more traffic — USA Today or Insty?)

UPDATE II: Hmmm. Now I’m looking at the line about “28-year-old gay grad-student types” and worrying that it might be misconstrued. First of all, I went to college in the late 1970s and ’80s, when there were quite a few 28-year-old hippie types who’d arrived on campus circa 1969 and stayed on in sort of perpetual student status. Second, it cannot be doubted that Democrats have benefitted from the support of gay activists who, being unencumbered by dependents, have more time to devote to politics than the married-with-children types who are the basic GOP constituency. So the offhand phrase was intended to combine those two ideas.

UPDATE III: Speaking of “married-with-children types,” the Insta-Wife has a new PJTV video online.

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