It wasn't so long ago that conservatives believed that George Bush's presidency would usher in a political realignment that would last for decades. But as the right looks forward to the next election, something close to panic is setting in. Surveying the leading G.O.P. contenders for 2008, direct-mail guru Richard Viguerie pronounces "not a one of them is worthy of support from conservatives." Says Craig Shirley, a public relations executive who represents many conservative groups and who has written a book on the Reagan revolution: "There's anger, there's angst, there's dismay in the conservative movement." Some activists, Shirley adds, have even begun talking quietly among themselves about forming a third party.
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Some of the language here ['George Bush's presidency would usher in a political realignment that would last for decades'] once again reminds me of language used at the beginning of the Third Reich -- which was supposed to 'last a thousand years.'
If we count from the date when Newt Gengrich stood on the Capitol steps and announced his Contract with America [or what I have called the 'Contract On America' -- but that's for another post] the two periods in history have, to date, lasted about the same amount of time.