Cultural Revolutions

The Stupid Party Rides Again

On November 4, 2008, voters decisively rejected the Republican Party, voting for Barack Obama over John McCain by a margin of 52.8 percent to 45.9.  Obama won 365 electoral votes to McCain’s 173, including every state in the Northeast and industrial Midwest; every state on the Pacific Coast; Florida, the state that ensured George W. Bush’s election in 2000; Ohio, the state that ensured Bush’s reelection in 2004; and such former Republican strongholds as Virginia, North Carolina, and Colorado.  Democrats also made strong gains in both the House and the Senate.  When Obama takes office, his party will have at least 58 U.S. senators and 255 representatives, 37 more than is needed to control the House.

There can be little doubt that these results reflect, first and foremost, a stunning repudiation of George W. Bush, who has discredited conservatism without ever being a conservative himself.  Bush’s approval rating is now lower than any other U.S. president’s, including Nixon’s after Watergate.  Bush governed as the neoconservative president par excellence, letting the disastrous and unpopular war in Iraq become the centerpiece of his administration, making the “global democratic revolution” the focus of his policy, and advocating both mass immigration and global free trade, all the while dramatically expanding the size and scope of the federal government.  At the end of his...

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