surely you jest
I think this post is mostly just a bit of being a punk, and as you know, I’m a big supporter of being a bit of a punk. But come now, Conor. One policy position that’s important with Democratic activists is health care reform, which continues to poll well when removed from the context of one party and one ideology despicably, flagrantly and knowingly lying and fear-mongering about it. And an example that Conor seems to think is self-evidently unpopular, the legalization of drugs, is in fact quite popular when it comes to the only drug Democrats would actually consider legalizing, marijuana.
One wonders what, exactly, Conor thinks has been happening for the last several years, as surely two landslide elections sweeping out conservative politicians everywhere would have to have at least some electoral support. Not to mention the fact that, while conservatives traditionally led in brand-identity and self-identification, liberal policies have consistently outpolled their conservative counterparts. I mean, surely Conor is aware that withdrawal from Iraq, a Democratic policy proposal, has been broadly popular for many years and remains so today; that abortion access with some restrictions, despite some rightward movement recently, remains a majoritarian American position; that a majority of Americans think that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should be repealed; etc.
Of course, one iron-clad rule of mainstream conservative thought is that conservative policy proposals and the conservative vision must be insanely popular at all times, and that any evidence to the contrary is to be ignored or derided. (No matter what the situation, the first impulse among movement conservatism: declare victory.) Maybe Conor is falling into that trap here. I can understand it; it’s been such a furiously guarded notion since the time of Reagan that it can be hard to let go.
But mostly, I think Conor is just rattling the cage a bit, being a bit of a punk (in the good way), and earning himself some cred to use on cute conservative girls he meets at those Georgetown soirees I keep hearing about.