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I was reading OneGoodMove--a site with plenty of thought-provoking links--and clicked through to the Journal of Doubt post "Adios, Conservative Kooks," which led to George Packer's New Yorker article "The Fall of Conservatism" from May. It's wonderful to be able to follow a sequence of hyperlinked thoughts like that; it's like following a trail through bibliographies and footnotes, only much more immediate.

Packer called the GOP's campaign ads "the spasms of nerve endings in an organism that's brain-dead. Among Republicans, there is no energy, no fresh thinking, no ability to capture the concerns and feelings of millions of people." (And we know that McCain's campaign didn't get any better between May and November...) Packer's latest New Yorker piece, "The New Liberalism," is also a good read:

Barack Obama's decisive defeat of John McCain is the most important victory of a Democratic candidate since 1932. It brings to a close another conservative era, one that rose amid the ashes of the New Deal coalition in the late sixties, consolidated its power with the election of Ronald Reagan, in 1980, and immolated itself during the Presidency of George W. Bush.

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November 4, 2008, is one of those infrequent dates when one historical age and one generation, with a distinct political and economic and cultural character, gave way to another age, another generation. The new era that is about to begin under President Obama will be more about public good than about private goods. The meal will be smaller, and have less interesting flavors, but it will be shared more fairly. The great American improvisation called democracy still bends along the curve of history. It has not yet finished astounding the world.

That conclusion reminds me very much of JFK's inaugural address:

Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans -- born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

In another historical echo, I love the Obama-as-FDR illustration accompanying the article:

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The same idea (Zeitgeist alert!) was used since then for the latest Time cover:

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update (7:42pm):
I have to give props to Swopa at FDL for having the same idea all the way back in September:

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Something, a lot of things, tell me we're jumping the gun on this Obama-as-FDR comparison. It lacks context, to my point of view. Consider the web of associations Geithner has amassed. RAND, IMF, Kissinger Ass.--it reads like a who's who of neocon play dates.

Please prove me wrong Obama. At least Reich claims that these economic appointments are ideology-free...we shall see.

Lots of links at my blog, so I'm not going to reproduce them here.

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