Populist Right Rising In The “Age of Obama”
What happened to the Age of Obama?
Glancing over the
New York Times
Book Review Sunday, one finds three of the top four
non-fiction best-sellers were written by
Malkin, talk-show host Mark Levin and Fox
News contributor Dick Morris.
At No. 10, in its 40th week on the
list, is Bill O`Reilly`s memoir.
No. 1 best-seller in paperback Glenn Beck`s Common Sense.
Moreover, the altarpiece of the
universal health insurance, is on life support, as
huge crowds pour into
town hall meetings to denounce it. Responding to the
protests, the Obamaites have dumped the
end-of-life counselors (aka
and declared the government option
But what are we to make of these
Harry Reid`s depiction, these
organized by K Street lobbyists and
extremists" who engage in
activity at town hall meetings? Surely, all Americans
must detest them.
To the contrary. According to a Pew
poll, by 61 percent to 34 percent, Americans think the
protesters are behaving properly. Gallup found that by
34 percent to 21 percent Americans identify with them.
For these folks at the town hall meetings are not
overprivileged Ivy League brats
seizing campus buildings and holding the dean
hostage. They look and talk just like them.
What President Obama is losing is
not the far right but the center of the country. Nor is
this the first time liberals have misread America.
1968 Democratic convention, liberals sided with the
antiwar demonstrators in Grant Park. And the country
sided with the Chicago cops who went into the park and
gave them a good thrashing.
In 1969, the national press was
writing that President Nixon must yield to the hundreds
of thousands ringing the White House. Nixon went on
national TV to
call on the Silent Majority to stand by him.
They did, for four years.
One recalls Sen. Ed Muskie
blurting out, after being crushed in the Florida
George Wallace, that he didn`t know there were that
many racists in Florida. That was the end of Ed. And in
the fall, the Floridians flooded to Nixon, who did not
George H.W. Bush never saw the
rebellion of 1992 coming and watched
Ross Perot waltz off with a third of his 1988
The anger in Middle America today
looks much like what erupted in the NAFTA debate of 1993
and the amnesty debate of 2007.
The difference: Republican leaders
stood with Washington then, for NAFTA and amnesty. This
time, the party leaders are with the people, and should
do the people`s will.
Seven months into the Age of Obama,
the GOP has been given an opportunity to regain the
allegiance of the voters John McCain lost with his
embrace of NAFTA and amnesty, and his dash to Washington
to convince Republicans to give Hank Paulson $700
billion to bail out Wall Street.
For these protesters are not so
much being drawn to the GOP as being driven to it. The
manic assaults by Democrats and liberal commentators and
columnists on the protesters as
has enraged and united them and cost Obama much of his
support in Middle America
Does the left not realize that,
while four in five Republicans say the protesters are
behaving appropriately, 64 percent of moderates and 40
percent of Democrats agree with those Republicans?
We are also learning that
Republicans have not been hurt by their opposition to
the stimulus bill or cap-and-trade. The country has come
to agree with the GOP.
Nor was the party hurt when, by
four to one, its senators voted against Ms. Affirmative
Action, Sonia Sotomayor. Nor was it hurt by standing
Sgt. Crowley when Obama rushed to denounce the
Cambridge cop for acting
arresting the Harvard professor who got in his face.
Obama`s support among Africans-Americans remains solid.
His support among the white working and middle class is
Increasingly, Obama is being
perceived as a man of the left and Republicans as the
bulwark against a lurch to the left. Democrats may
denounce Republicans as the Party of
nation seems to be saying
"Yes" to the
Party of "No."
In his new memoir, “Encounters,”
Paul Gottfried writes of a 1993 gathering, hosted by
this writer, where libertarian legend
Sam Francis and that founding father of postwar
Dr. Russell Kirk, went at it over the role of the
populist right in the conservative movement.
Though they vehemently disagreed,
each man represented an essential element of a
center-right coalition. As for the protesters, surely
Thomas Jefferson was more right than Harry Reid,
wrote to James Madison,
rebellion now and then is a good thing and as necessary
in the political world as storms in the physical."
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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