Emmett Tyrrell

Paul Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, has various plans to insure Social Security and other entitlements in the future, but the stupid student-age voter and probably the women that Miss Fluke speaks for will not hear of such expedients. They, along with President Obama, just enjoyed another great victory with the so-called fiscal cliff. He is even bragging about it! Now they can look forward to our next economic crisis, probably in a couple of months, and crises for years to come. The years ahead are going to be exciting, or will they?

Actually President Obama was elected with fewer votes this year than when first elected, some 4 million fewer. Enthusiasm for him will be, if precedent matters, even lower in 2014. He is going to have a dismal second term.

There is all sorts of happy talk about the problems conservatives face today. I do not believe it for a second. Conservatives control the House of Representatives and have people there wedded to policies that will by 2014 be seen as exigent by conservative voters and independents. That sounds like the same conditions that led to the route of 2010. Conservatives are stronger at the state level than they have been in 60 years. They have thirty governorships and control more state legislatures than they have in decades. The ongoing conservative groundswell is continuing. Against it the Democrats have Miss Fluke and her legions who, incidentally, do not vote in off-year elections. Soon even many of them will have figured politics out. Elections, in times such as ours, are about the economy, stupid.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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