Republicans won big in the 2010 elections on a conservative wave. But there are also lessons conservatives could take away from their victory.
They have a genuine popular movement in the Tea Party. But Tea Partiers must remember that they have to field good candidates. A person who just has the right beliefs or even the person who leads the local organization is not necessarily going to be a good candidate or an effective office-holder. The Tea Party brought some new blood into the political scene, and some of their candidates–I think of Marco Rubio–are quite talented and have bright futures. But when the Tea Parties fielded candidates whose only qualification was their zeal, they lost.
What are some other lessons conservatives can learn from the elections?