I’ve been reading a lot about the framing of the US as a “center right nation.” Basically the idea here is that even though the conservative movement was knocked down in the last election their response is to sound like Ralph Nadar. “Yes, the dems one. But fundamentally we are a center-right nation. Even the dems follow this path. And we conservatives are fundamentally closer to core American values.” LIberal bloggers have be challenging this framing. I particularly like openleft (in part because it was founded by a high school friend). But as Paul Rosenberg points out there, the last time Democrats won 50%+ of the House popular vote: November 4. The last time the Republicans did? 1946. The graph of the House popular vote is rather telling.
Yes, the policies of each of these parties are shifting/emergent. But I must confess that I read this chart with a degree of naive hope: that our brief experiment with conservatism is over. I can even imagine the tombstone: