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On Brooks and Others

NRO points to an account of a discussion with David Brooks about a potential Barack Obama victory:

During a chat with local press prior to a question-and-answer session with students at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts yesterday, Brooks went on to say that this election will be the end of a national Republican power arc that has been largely in place since the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980 and on the decline since 1995.

He said this election will mark a “sea change in American politics” and that the Democratic reign could last as long as 10 to 15 years…

“I saw Republicanism rise and now I’ve seen it fall,” Brooks continued. “It’s become intellectually exhausted, incurious and the party is getting narrower and narrower. So the people who used to feel that they’re Republicans no longer do.”

He noted that while Obama’s candidacy has sparked a wave of new voter registration among the young and African-Americans, he doesn’t believe that will substantially affect the political ideology of the nation. “This is a center-right country, and it still is,” he said.

First off, let me stipulate that I don’t think this race is over. I believe the voters who remain undecided today are unlikely ever to back Barack Obama. So whoever wins this election, the outcome will be a close one.

That said, Brooks seems ready to euthanize what’s left of the conservative era kicked off by Reagan and guided at times by lesser men — one which proved America could be governed, which restored economic growth, restored faith in the military, killed the USSR, and generally made freedom and a belief in the individual possible again.

That being the case, I don’t want anybody on my side who says ‘pity this doesn’t seem quite like the movement of Reagan, let’s help it into the grave.’ I want people who are enraged at the idea that this conservative era may be coming to an end, before we’ve had a chance to correct the mistakes. This movement has done more good than harm — by a long shot — and is still the nation’s best hope. How can anyone who ever truly believed in it demonstrate apathy at the thought that Barack Obama may be about to give the liberals in Congress what they need to reverse what has been accomplished?

I want rage.

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height, Curse, bless me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.