December 6, 2012

IT'S THE ANGLOSPHERE...:

The conservative learning curve (E.J. Dionne Jr., December 5, 2012, Washington Post)

Over the long run, the most important impact of an election is not on the winning party but on the loser. Winners feel confirmed in staying the course they're on. Losing parties -- or, at least, the ones intent on winning again someday -- are moved to figure out what they did wrong and how they must change.

After losing throughout the 1930s and '40s, Republicans finally came to terms with the New Deal and elected Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. Democrats lost three elections in the 1980s and did a lot of rethinking inspired by Bill Clinton, who won the White House in 1992. In Britain, the Labor Party learned a great deal during its exile from power in the Margaret Thatcher years. The same thing happened to the Conservatives during Tony Blair's long run.


...all the GOP has to do is reclaim the mantle of Thatcher/Clinton/Blair/Howard/W/Harper/Cameron


Posted by at December 6, 2012 5:32 PM
  
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