I have been trying to digest the election results.
Like most of you, I was disappointed in how we did, but I am starting to come around.
After the initial shock, I am starting to think that as long as we get the House and if we get the Senate, we have to consider this a success.
If there was a teaching moment in here as well, which Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) seems to think, perhaps this was an even better outcome.
Learn from the Mistakes
We had a lot of new candidates in this election.
Some were just the wrong people, like Mehmet Oz, but there were some others that were solid, but just had the wrong messaging.
Cruz observed, "If you're going to win, you've got to make the election about issues and not personalities.
"And by the way, this is a broader point: I think too many of these Republican races became personality battles."
He continued, "When you have first-time candidates who've never run, who are celebrities or coming from outside, they have no record.
"They have no voting record.
"They've not been involved in issues.
"They've never taken a stand on anything.
"They frequently make major mistakes and, you know, experience matters."
After digging up some campaign videos, I have to say, Cruz nailed it.
But, this was a learning moment, and I would suspect that we will see quite a few of these candidates on the campaign trail again in 2024.
They would be well served to heed Senator Cruz's advice in round two.