Many conservatives, including old-line relatively moderate conservatives, were outraged by the political thesis of my book The Conscience of a Liberal (first published before the 2008 election) ó which was that extreme movement conservatives took over the GOP a long time ago, were able to win elections by exploiting white resentment, but were on the verge of losing their grip thanks to demographic change.
But thatís pretty much exactly what Sam Tanenhaus, the Times book review editor and a long-time conservative, is now saying.
In COAL I also argued that the place to begin a new liberal agenda was with health care reform, more or less along the lines of the Massachusetts reform, which I believed was finally achievable. (I hoped for a public option, but oh well).
I sometimes get people declaring that I donít know anything about politics; Iím willing to agree, with the proviso that you also admit that *nobody* knows anything about politics. But I donít think that Iím doing all that badly here Ö
Neither can Romney be blamed for the party's whiter-shade-of-pale legislative Rotary Club: the four Republicans among the record 20 women in the Senate, the absence of Republicans among the 42 African Americans in the House (and the GOP's absence as well among the six new members who are openly gay or lesbian). These are remarkable totals in a two-party system, and they reflect not only a failure of strategy or "outreach," but also a history of long-standing indifference, at times outright hostility, to the nation's diverse constituenciesóblacks, women, Latinos, Asians, gays.
That's how I think of the GOP from now on - trip light fandango, turn cartwheels 'cross the floor, I was feeling kind-of sea sick....