October 21, 2009

Conservatives Are Dead Before They're Born

Justin Katz

Jonah Goldberg has a good buck-up-young-conservative-soldier essay in a recent National Review (subscription required) in which he makes the observation that media liberals are suspiciously likely to predict that any emerging conservative movements will never get off the ground and then that their doom soon awaits, when they do. This line is particularly valuable as a spark for contemplation:

When liberals chalk up the tea-party protests and the like as racism, it is a slur, but it's also a wonderful sign that they won't even consider thinking seriously about their opposition.

Never forget to take that lack of consideration — that rank underestimation — into account when devising political strategy.

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As to how conservatives are perceived, here is a cut from the recent Athenaeum newsletter. It concerns a "Horror Movie" festival at the PPL this coming Saturday. So, now we are responsible for Hannibal Lector. (I enjoy the Athenaeum, but it is so "blue")

" It illustrates how classic monster movies exploited the anxieties of war-time generations, and how more savage modern horror films stem from the psychic fallout of America's counterculture movement and the subsequent rise of increasingly conservative political forces."

Posted by: Warrington Faust at October 21, 2009 3:50 PM
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