With Republicans controlling Congress and the White House, conservatives these days ought to be happy, but most aren’t. They see expanding government, runaway spending, Middle East entanglements, and government corruption, and they wonder why, exactly, the country should be grateful for Republican dominance. Some accuse Bush and the Republicans today of not being true conservatives. Others see a grab bag of stated policies and wonder how they cohere. Everyone thinks something’s got to change.
Maybe I am just too much of a cynic, but the old guard on the right are increasingly sounding like Trotskyites claiming that real communism has never been tried. The GOP controls both houses, the White House, the Supreme Court and Majorities in most of the District Court of Appeals. And for much of the past five years, the GOP controlled the agenda and the national debate. If that isn’t enough to make Conservatism work, or at the very least, allow it to achieve some of the its stated goals, maybe Conservatism needs to be rethought.