Magazine April 19, 2010, Issue

Obama’s Waterloo

Former Conservative Minister Enoch Powell arriving for a church service in central London, June 23, 1993. (Reuters Photographer)
Yes, it may still be

Since Obamacare moved unsteadily over the first finishing line, liberals have been jubilant and conservatives wracked by variations on depression, including existential despair. This is a rare emotion on the right, and even when experienced, it tends to be expressed inappropriately. John Derbyshire’s hilarious We Are Doomed is the nearest thing to a conservative suicide note. Its exuberance undermines its professions of despair.

But the argument that socialized health care, once firmly established, will both ensure liberal majorities into the foreseeable future and starve the defense budget is a realistic prediction of a serious threat. In such circumstances, as Mark Steyn

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Finding Hassett’s premise unsatisfactory regarding racial differences in layoff rates.
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During the eight years of George W. Bush, we heard constantly that dissent is the highest form of patriotism.


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