Magazine December 21, 2009, Issue

But Now We Shout ‘No!’

(Roman Genn)
Rising Republican fortunes reveal a backlash against the Democrats’ excesses

Barack Obama’s election was supposed to signal a monumental shift in public affairs. His victory was to be the liberal counterpoint to 1980, with Obama as the left-wing Ronald Reagan. He was the leader of a new majority, one that demanded a more active role for the government in the average American’s life.

So much for that! Less than a year after the 44th president’s inauguration, conservatives are on the rebound. Gallup recently found that self-identified conservatives accounted for two out of five Americans, double the number of liberals. The public is also coming around to the Republican party, both in …

Jay Cost is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the Center for Faith and Freedom at Grove City College.

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