Michael Gerson writes today about the meaning of Tuesday’s election.  He highlights how Democrats have lost the center by pushing an extreme Left domestic policy agenda.  He also lectures Republicans to also learn a lesson.  He writes:

Though the Republican Party will remain the conservative party nationally, it is not possible for Republicans to win everywhere with an identical conservative message.

This point is blindingly obvious.  Just about no one involved in any way in politics would disagree that when heading up North, you need to retune your message a bit and emphasize different things.  That’s not what the great debate between those who preach about the need for Republicans to focus on the center is about.  The debate is about principles.  Too many moderates think winning the center requires compromise on core issues–like taxes, government spending, and the power scope of government power.  That’s not the way to win since in doing so, too often you’ve already lost.