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A Super Bowl Lesson for Conservatives

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In last night’s Super Bowl XLVIII the five-time NFL Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning, who set NFL records for the most touchdown passes and yards passing in a single season, was not just defeated, he was blown out by undersized second-year quarterback Russell Wilson and a team from a franchise that hadn’t been to the Super Bowl once its thirty-seven year history.

Going into the game the Denver Broncos were the favorite. SB Nation's Super Bowl odds page had the Broncos a 2.5-point favorite over the Seahawks at the kick-off, and it seemed like only an ape named Eli was predicting the Seahawks would win.

So how did Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks do it when, at least on paper, they looked out classed? And more importantly from our perspective, what can conservatives learn from a game in which the insurgent underdog defeated the establishment’s odds on favorite.

Here it is in Russell Wilson’s words: “I remember my dad asking me one time, and it’s something that has always stuck with me: ‘Why not you, Russ? You know, why not me? Why not me in the Super Bowl? So in speaking to our football team earlier in the year, I said, ‘Why not us? Why can’t we be there?’”

We think Seahawk’s quarterback Russell Wilson’s credo, a short but powerful lesson Wilson took from his late father is something that everyone in the conservative movement and every conservative running for political office ought to tape to their computer monitor, refrigerator and bathroom mirror:

Put simply, the political lesson from Super Bowl XLVIII is that the team (candidate or movement) that comes to the field to win – who wants it the most – has a mighty advantage.

All too often conservatives don’t seem like they really want to win, they just want to be right.

They have adopted what our friend Morton Blackwell calls the “Sir Galahad Theory of Politics”: “I will win because my heart is pure.”

Too many conservative candidates and their supporters seem to believe that being right, in the sense of being correct, is sufficient to win; that, if we conservatives can logically demonstrate that our candidate is of higher character and that his policies will be better for our the country, somehow victory will fall into our deserving hands like a ripe fruit from a tree.

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks proved once again that being good, even great on paper is no substitute for hard work, leadership and the pure adrenalin of wanting to win.

“He works harder than you,” said Cole Hawthorne, one of Russell Wilson’s old receivers at Collegiate School, a private college preparatory school in Richmond, VA. “That’s what got so many people following the bandwagon. It’s almost like a challenge. You’re trying to work harder than Russell.”

If you want to knock off the odds on favorite in football – or if you want to change the world – wake up every morning and go to bed every night answering the question “Why not me?” the way Russell Wilson does; working harder, being a leader, and wanting it more than those who stand in your way.

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Not only do you have to have the will, the smarts and the desire to win, Gen. Washington was a great believer in firm intelligence gathering and because of his tactics we got ourselves a real starting point in the scheme of history.

Taking down the libs is a matter of all of the above and beating them to the punch with good intel and tactic to match....