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After the Hangover: The Conservatives’ Road to Recovery

Wednesday July 2010


R. Emmett Tyrell, Jr. Editor-in-Chief, The American Spectator

For sixty years we’ve been hearing that conservatism is dead. Yet each time the obituary is written, conservatism recovers and comes back stronger. In fact, as R. Emmett Tyrell Jr. notes in After the Hangover, liberalism appalls the average American voter and enjoys ever-briefer periods in office. Today, conservatism is the most popular political designation in the country, outpolling even moderates and outnumbering liberals by a ratio of 2-1. If the process continues, as Tyrrell predicts it will, liberals’ popularity eventually will be on par with that of the American Prohibition Party. “Even nudists will be more numerous,” he recently wrote.