January 20, 2010

THE REASON THE ORIGINAL MEME WAS SO WRONG IS THE REASON THE UR IS IN SUCH TROUBLE...:

An Obituary Shattered (Tom Qualtere, 01/20/10, The DC)

What a difference a year makes. For American conservatism, it was a difference between life and death.

With the inauguration of Barack Obama, American politics were supposed to have changed for at least a generation, perhaps longer. When Bill Kristol wrote in the New York Times a year ago this week that “Jan. 20, 2009, marked the end of a conservative era,” few could persuasively disagree.

Others, mostly liberals, took their diagnoses further. Not content with inscribing an obituary for Republican political dominance, Sam Tanenhaus penned an essay and then a book about “the death of conservatism” itself. Even a year before the election, not long after the Democratic midterm victory, an early 2007 Daily Kos headline boasted that “Conservatism is Dead, and It’s Not Coming Back.” From left-leaning columnists to television pundits, the list of those ready (and eager) to pronounce the conservative movement’s demise seemed endless.

But then, on Jan. 19, 2010, the state of Massachusetts opted to replace Ted Kennedy with a conservative Republican named Scott Brown in a special election for the liberal lion’s old Senate seat. This victory, utterly seismic no matter which way it’s spun, literally came out of the bluest of the blue.

The obituaries have been shattered. Conservatism, albeit with scars still apparent, is quite obviously alive and preparing itself to govern again soon.


...he ran to the Right of John McCain and George W. Bush.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 20, 2010 5:49 PM
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