2012 Election Results: The Right Is Not Waving a White Flag
The conservative Gotterdammerung is finally here. "Like dazed survivors in a ravaged city, America's conservatives are wailing and beating their collective breasts," opines the Economist's "Lexington" columnist. "A leading conservative thinker," asked by the Economist to "list today's conservative ideas, laughs bitterly and replies, 'Are there any?'"
Former Reaganite Rep.
These epitaphs are all from yesteryear. The bits from the Economist and Weber were in 1992. And Kristol delivered his death sentence after various conservatives lost the
And that's just from the right. Since the conservative movement was born, liberals insisted it was dead. In 1956,
In short, it's always Gotterdammerung somewhere on the right.
That's not to say that the conservative movement and the
It's true that conservatives are more despondent than I've seen them in my lifetime. But that's in part because they've had things so good. There have been bumps, but the story of the conservative movement has been one of fairly steady growth and success.
In 1938, the
At each of these junctures, conservatives were ridiculed for their fool's errands and fretted over their lost causes. When former Soviet spy
But Chambers was wrong. He joined the winning side, the side with the better arguments. The other naysayers were wrong too. Some of the New Deal survived, but many of FDR's statist ambitions were quashed.
These successes were real and important. But they were not total because times change, and more to the point, total victories don't exist in politics so long as the losing side doesn't surrender. Just for the record, I see dismay, even despair, out there. But I don't see much surrender.
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