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Posted by on May 22, 2006 in At TMV | 6 comments

Is There A New Political Disease?

Isn’t it accurate to say that you can sense a certain tone on websites, in commentators’ comments, editorial pages on on the Sunday news shows? Several people have commented on it before.

Are some folks coming down with “conservative fatigue?”

And, speaking of conservatives, one thread we get here now at TMV are some email and readers commenting who insist that Republicans are all totally unified and all plan to get out and vote and all love George Bush.

In fact, conservatives are now involved in a serious debate over conservatism. To see part of the debate read this MUST READ by Professor Stephen Bainbridge titled: “The Coming Deluge: Who’s to Blame?”

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  • kitebro

    I suspect that even conservatives now realize that we need a system of checks and balances. Rove erased that. It must be restored. One party rule benifits no one.

  • JP

    I’m pretty certain that it’s the far LEFT that are the new pariahs, not the far right. The audacity to complain that “I already suffer enough of a stigma being a conservative in a society that treats me as a second-class citizen” is only topped by referring to Good Night Good Luck by suggesting it “demonizes a fine conservative like Joseph McCarthy.” Who is this quack? Try being a liberal on talk radio and then suggest there’s a “Stigma” attached to being a conservative!

  • Kim Ritter

    Conservatives constitute about 44% of all voters, admittedly a large percentage, especially if they are galvanized to turnout on Election Day by wily political operatives like Karl Rove. In the 2000 campaign, conservatives vetted Bush, and assuming he was one of them, supported him over the maverick McCain.
    This seems to have given them an unholy sense of entitlement when Bush won the election. They seem to have expected as a matter of right conservative judges, anti-abortion legislation, anti-immigration policies, budget cuts in war time, and assorted other assured outcomes. It must have come as a shock to them, then, that Bush actually ruled more as a pro-business globalist. Once Tom Delay resigned his position in the House, moderate Republicans felt free to allign with Democrats, derailing the conservative agenda. At least 56% of this country is NOT conservative, which pretty much derails their agenda at some point in the future. If 2/3 of poll respondents state that the country is going in the wrong direction, how successful could they be?
    I agree with kitebro that it is unhealthy for a democracy like ours to have all branches of government in the hands of one party, especially since Democrats and Republicans split about 50/50.

  • //The audacity to complain that “I already suffer enough of a stigma being a conservative…//

    I am fairly certain that blog is being ironical.

  • Mike P.

    Good – another blog added to my favorites! Thanks again, Joe. You’ve offered more than a couple of links over the last year or so that have since become daily reading material for me.

  • Elrod

    Actually, only about 33% of Americans are conservative, not 44%. The ideological breakdown is usually around:

    20% Liberal
    33% Conservative
    46% Moderate
    1% Don’t know/Other

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