By focusing solely on Richard Nixon's "southern strategy," Dionne conveniently forgets -- or overlooks -- the many factors and players involved in the rise of the modern conservative movement -- and the decline of liberalism, including: Barry Goldwater's '64 campaign and the Democratic Party's "leftward lurch" (which began before '68).
It is easy to forget that the core themes of contemporary conservatism were born in response to the events of 1968. The attacks on "big government," the defense of states' rights, and the scorn for "liberal judicial activism," "liberal do-gooders," "liberal elitists," "liberal guilt" and "liberal permissiveness" were rooted in the reaction that gathered force as liberal optimism receded.
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