This reality is causing media liberals to try and explain away victories like Scott Brown's earth-shaking win of the "Ted Kennedy seat" in Massachusetts. Newsweek editor Jon Meacham was spreading Obama strategist David Axelrod's spin that the president's attempts to herd the Democrat cats to achieve major liberal victories like health "reform" had "the effect of making us look tolerant of, if not complicit in, the system we came to change."
In other words, the voters have not rejected big-government liberalism. They have only rejected the less-than-idealistic negotiating tactics that lead to big-government liberalism. They're still in denial.
But Meacham was quick to assert that conservative protesters are probably not all that idealistic and consistent, either. "An angry tea-partying farmer is probably in favor of agricultural subsidies, and it is safe to say that many of the older conventioneers in Nashville do not think of Medicare as 'socialized medicine' or of Social Security as 'big government.'"
Even if that liberal needling were true -- that conservatives are perpetually insincere -- what's under discussion in Washington is not the established government apparatus, but an entirely new one. Even if you're satisfied with the old entitlements, it doesn't mean you can't object to additional ones.
Now that liberals are losing, they want to go to the midterm elections claiming that 10-percent unemployment and massive deficits as far as the eye can see are a bipartisan product -- not the result of liberal dominance in Washington. Meacham is twisting history, demanding that the tea-party protesters realize that the "ethos of the Founding is also about give-and-take, compromise, and ultimate unity of purpose."
Is that what the British found at the Boston Tea Party? Compromise?
Meacham also praised Obama's call for civility at the National Prayer Breakfast, as if civility is what the liberal media offer to conservatives every day. Just watch MSNBC if you believe that. I don't think Meacham can claim "civility" inspired his decision to put Sarah Palin in running shorts on his magazine's cover with the words "She's Bad News For The GOP, And For Everybody Else, Too."
But what is liberal civility? At the prayer breakfast, Obama praised preachers who were working for amnesty for illegal immigrants and evangelists who were fighting the menace of global warming. "Stretching out of our dogmas, our prescribed roles along the political spectrum, that can help us regain a sense of civility."
Conservatism is back, with a swagger. It is no time for a "stretching out of our dogmas." It is time to fight harder to make James Carville's boasts look sillier and sillier.