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The Conservatives Come Back From the Dead
Politics Daily ^ | 10/31/2010 | Lou Cannon

Posted on 10/31/2010 8:28:40 PM PDT by Saije

Soon after Barack Obama's inauguration Sam Tanenhaus opined in The New Republic and later in a stylistic book, The Death of Conservatism, that liberalism had won a lasting political triumph in the 2008 elections and that conservatives were the wave of the past. Tanenhaus, who edits the influential Week in Review section of The New York Times, was expressing post-election conventional wisdom when he declared that conservative doctrine had "not only been defeated but discredited" by Obama's election...

Another 2009 book, by the Democratic strategist James Carville, put the case bluntly. In 40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation, Carville contended that Republicans had put themselves on the wrong side of history by appealing to a shrunken and mostly Southern base. Democrats meanwhile had harnessed the demography of the future by identifying themselves with the aspirations of young people, women and Latinos, the nation's fastest growing minority.

But on the eve of the 2010 election, a New York Times poll has found that a majority of women favor Republican candidates for the first time since the Reagan years and that young people (not to mention independents and Catholics) have also swung back to the GOP. If the polls are even halfway right, Republicans next week will regain the House of Representatives, make big inroads in the Senate, pick up at least a half dozen governorships and also gain control of several legislatures that next year through redistricting based on the 2010 census will shape the congressional map for the next decade. What happened?

My late, great editor Richard Harwood at The Washington Post said that when reporters used the word "surprised" in a story it usually meant that the reporter was surprised. And surprised the media has certainly been.

(Excerpt) Read more at politicsdaily.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: 2010midterms; backlash; bho44; conservatismisdead; conservatives; deathofconservatism; election; gopcomeback; liberals; samtanenhaus; sixth100days; surprise
As was said of Mark Twain, reports of our death had been greatly exaggerated.
1 posted on 10/31/2010 8:28:43 PM PDT by Saije
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To: Saije

Conservatism is making a comeback.

Shows you much people assume there is truth to the conventional wisdom.


2 posted on 10/31/2010 8:31:30 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Saije

We were never even ill. We were disgusted with what the RINOs were doing and refused to support them, even if it meant having to take a few steps backward or to give up some ground.


3 posted on 10/31/2010 8:34:11 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Saije

It will be a glorious day for America when liberalism can be declared dead and flushed down the toilet of bad ideas and lies.


4 posted on 10/31/2010 8:34:35 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Saije

What happened is that the Progressive pan-leninist marxists took over under the guise of promising liberalism - - The People figured it out and lashed back.

Omulla and his islamists are toast. People want a constitutional republic with personal freedom and national security.


5 posted on 10/31/2010 8:35:26 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Saije

Obamarxism will be right back if republicans go back
to their ways of over spending & pork.

If GOP wins house, they better make some tough decisions on
spending. This may be the last chance to revive fiscal
conservativism otherwise the growing Hispanics & other immigrants will result in permanent democrat stranglehold.


6 posted on 10/31/2010 8:37:29 PM PDT by Undocumented_capitalist (Pure is the enemy of good.)
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Open note to Establishment Republicans: We conservatives are not going away. If you don’t play ball with us, we will not only take away the ball, but we will introduce you to the bat in a most unpleasant manner. Or, if you prefer, the carrot and stick approach... we will take the carrot, and shove the stick up your wazoo aperture.


7 posted on 10/31/2010 8:39:22 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Saije

I believe more and more everyday, Obama was sent by God ... to save us from Hillary !


8 posted on 10/31/2010 8:39:43 PM PDT by 11th_VA (Things that have never happened before, happen every day ....)
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To: Saije

“But on the eve of the 2010 election, a New York Times poll has found that a majority of women favor Republican candidates for the first time since the Reagan years...”

Hell hath no fury like a women scorned.


9 posted on 10/31/2010 8:49:47 PM PDT by Revel
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To: Saije

Take the Rove-anistas out for a one-way tour of the New Jersey landfil or maybe an eternal interview with Jimmy Hoffa underneath the goal posts at XYZ stadium....


10 posted on 10/31/2010 8:50:13 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: Saije

Take the Rove-anistas out for a one-way tour of the New Jersey landfil or maybe an eternal interview with Jimmy Hoffa underneath the goal posts at XYZ stadium....


11 posted on 10/31/2010 8:50:22 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: Saije

It was a great tactical move by Conservatives. Let the Socialists win and take the fall, start the RINO purge, and sweep in the new era. There was no dimes worth of differemce between McDemocrat and Soetoro. The Socialist fix was in. Too bad Socialism always fails, always. Beeter to have the Democrats tarred with the fall than the TRAITOR McLoser.


12 posted on 10/31/2010 8:56:02 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: Saije

Don’t call it a come back..We’ve been here for years...


13 posted on 10/31/2010 8:57:14 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: pallis
It will be a glorious day for America when liberalism can be declared dead and flushed down the toilet of bad ideas and lies.

That will never happen. Unfortunately, socialism too easily plays to some of the baser features of human nature - taking the easy road to surviving & achieving sustenance (parasites) and lording over others (elites). The match between elites who want power & promises to a parasite class who want stuff for free will never grow old. Those of us who want freedom will ALWAYS have to fight off the threat of socialism and remain vigilant.

14 posted on 10/31/2010 8:59:52 PM PDT by MCH
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To: MCH

Too true. There is no finish line, only eternal struggle. It’s only a question of watering the tree of liberty with force of our ideas or the blood of our children.


15 posted on 10/31/2010 9:08:13 PM PDT by M1911A1
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Yeah, but I’m reading the remarks of some of the National review quoted in some of these pieces and is it any wonder the politicians in the beltway didn’t know what was happening? The “conservatives” there drank the same stupid koolaid.

I don’t think we could have been any clearer. How many arguments were fleshed out in those years between statist Republicans and principled conservatives? On this site alone a lot of people got run off who wanted to preserve the status quo. There was an intellectual calculation that cleansing the party of some of it’s waste and taking a gamble the public wouldn’t react well to Liberal rule would aid conservatism long term. I won’t say we strategized a comeback this particular year or the genesis of the Tea Party movement, that was spontaneous. But the arching theory was well in place far back as 2005.

We never died. We went into hibernation for awhile that is all. The 3 punch of Tarp/Stimulas and Obamacare made it clear it was time to re-engage.

We aren’t like Liberals. We aren’t like Republicans. If we lose more then we gain by putting a politician in power, then we’ll let the politician lose. A little collateral (Scozafava (sp) or Castle) damage is worth it to win a larger war.


16 posted on 10/31/2010 9:18:52 PM PDT by Soul Seeker ( I was there when we had the numbers, but didn’t have the principles.---Jim that leans conservDeMin)
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To: Saije

Conservatism never died. Conservatives were just homeless.
Now a movement has come along with no leaders, no members, no address, no phone and no money...just principles.
And this group from fly over country is kicking the shi’ite out of the ruling class.


17 posted on 10/31/2010 9:39:58 PM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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