The thing I like best about political blogging is how easy it is to be right about everything important, how easy it is to be years ahead of the curve. I’m not referring to my own blogging, per se, but to statements like this from cleek, who gave the definitive description of modern conservatism two-and-a-half years ago:
today’s conservatism is the opposite of what liberals want today: updated daily.
Taegan Goddard over the weekend:
GOP lawmakers were just reacting to what their constituents wanted: do the opposite.
If Obama wants to get something done in his second term, he might consider reverse psychology and propose the opposite of what he really wants. Republicans will unknowingly turn into his biggest allies.
It’s the same with the massive generational shift that’s going on in American politics. We’ve been talking about it for years (because frankly it was pretty fucking obvious in 2008), now it’s becoming one of the dominant story lines in American politics:
The lasting significance came in how the speech deepened the identification of Obama and his party with the preferences and priorities of his emerging “coalition of the ascendant,” especially the giant millennial generation at its core. “It does look like he is willing to say, ‘It’s a new era, a new Democratic Party, and it’s a new coalition that comprises the party,’” says Morley Winograd, a fellow at the Democratic advocacy group NDN, and the coauthor, with Michael Hais, of two books on the 95 million-strong millennials.
“Electoral realignments don’t occur because people change their mind about their partisan affiliation,” Hais said. “They occur because a new generation comes in with sufficient unity and number to tip the balance between two otherwise closely competing points of view. And that’s what we think is under way.”
There’s not that much to know about American politics, speaking broadly. Conservatism is exclusively about opposing what liberals want and conservatism is dying because teh kidz hate it.