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How Conservatives Can Defeat Liberalism

trailbee Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 5:26 PM
I love this op-ed. Thank you. I thought that Mitt Romney lost because he thought the electorate was more educated and really understood what he was saying, eliminating the need to spell out, specifically, what his goals were. He was sadly mistaken. The silence in this campaign, and the silence articulated in Ms. Chavez' article are the same. Thinking that everyone is fully cognizant of the Founders' goals, Conservatives do not feel the need to explain themselves, which leaves the field wide open for those who are bent on our destruction. Did I get that right? Thank you.

Two weeks after the election, conservatives are still asking why Mitt Romney lost. That, however, is the wrong first question argues Charles R. Kesler in his new book "I am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism." We cannot fully understand Romney's defeat, implies Kelser, until we first understand why conservatives have lost the majority of policy battles over the past 100 years. Despite having won their share of Presidential elections, conservatives have not slowed the advance of the welfare state.

Political pundits have blamed Romney's defeat on everything from Hurricane Sandy to inept get-out-the vote efforts, but...