The Economist perceives the American Right as “Under the Weather,” and asks “Is America Turning Left?” (h/t: thereisnospoon at DailyKos). The article states flatly that “the right’s situation is dire:”
It is a sign of weakness that the conservatives are retreating to their old posture as insurgents, and need a bogeywoman like Mrs Clinton to hold them together.
The Republicans have failed the most important test of any political movement—wielding power successfully. They have botched a war. They have splurged on spending. And they have alienated a huge section of the population. It is now the Democrats' game to win or lose.
A second article from the same issue notes the skewed American political spectrum, where moderates like Hillary are to the right of the rest of the world:
Mrs Clinton might be portrayed as a communist on talk radio in Kansas, but set her alongside France's Nicolas Sarkozy, Germany's Angela Merkel, Britain's David Cameron or any other supposed European conservative, and on virtually every significant issue Mrs Clinton is the more right-wing. She also mentions God more often than the average European bishop.
Why won’t any of the (allegedly) liberal magazines in this country (Time, Newsweek, USN&WP…I’m talking about you!) touch this story? The collapse of conservatism must be troubling to their owners, and the 2008 election looms large on the horizon.