Empower Wisconsin | Jan. 13, 2021
By Deborah Jordahl
A wise person once said, “Never pass up an opportunity to keep your mouth shut.”
Whether you’re a politician or just passionate about politics, there has never been a better or perhaps more consequential time for conservatives to heed this advice.
Conventional wisdom and the social media trolls tell us to get our licks in and strike while the iron is hot. Doing so will only ensure that the iron never cools down, and that is precisely what the left wants.
Whether you support Donald Trump or detest him, he will no longer be president in eight days and the left will have to answer for their own failings and lack of leadership. That is unless conservatives continue to point fingers and fight among themselves.
What happened at our U.S. Capitol last week was appalling and frightening and should never ever happen again. The people responsible for the destruction and violence must be held to account. Eight days before the inauguration of a new president, those words should suffice.
The American people are not stupid, and the record will be corrected in due time.
Politicians who would use this exact moment in time to virtue signal or jockey for position are more likely to damage their future than advance it. It’s always better to stay above the fray as the loyal opposition loses their shit than to get down in it and throw it at each other.
As Jim Geraghty noted in National Review, “Without Trump as a punching bag, governors such as Gavin Newsom will need to build public support on their own merits. Judging from the vaccine rollout in many states, that’s going to be a lot more difficult.”
Grace, dignity and self-restraint will serve us all well.