A Moment of Clarity

Elections are usually about ideas and principles. This one may have been about the cult of personality. But one bright spot cannot be denied. We now get to see what the Left truly believes in. For the last eight years, they have had someone else to blame for everything that goes wrong in the world. Come January, there will be no one to blame but themselves. A Democratic President and a Democratic Congress with very little power in the minority. It will be their ideas that govern. They’ll be responsible if they fail to protect the American people, if they cannot spark the economy, if chaos ensues in Iraq. No more “Blame Bush,” folks. We are going to see the Left unfiltered with no one else to blame. Oh sure, they’ll now shift the talk to what a horrible burden they have inherited, and how no one really can save us now. But America won’t fall for that. The financial crisis may not have been Bush’s fault in its entirety, but he had the mantle when it came. His party took the fall for it. It will be no different now for the Democratic Party. It will also help us to define what conservatism is really about. It is terrifying in substance, but it may give us a chance to restart the battle of ideas.

Shannen W. Coffin — Shannen W. Coffin is a contributing editor to National Review. He previously served in senior legal positions in the Justice Department and Office of Vice President during the George ...

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