Peter Roff, a Senior Fellow at The Institute for Liberty and former senior political writer for U.S. News & World Report, has written a great piece on the rebirth of conservativism in the Age of Obama. Money quote:
Conservatives are not resigned to an Obama-driven realignment. They have adopted a serious, sober mien, opposing the Democrats’ race to the left.
They cheerfully point to signs of life in their political movement, suggesting it is actually growing stronger, having shed itself of its own “big government” wing.
The response to the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the GOP’s vice presidential nominee is one key indicator. A conservative in the Reagan mold, Palin gave the McCain campaign one of the few boosts it got during the general election. She galvanized the support of Republican presidential voters for whom a vote for McCain would be accompanied by a nose pinched shut.
Palin’s selection also prompted a debate within the GOP that led, ultimately, to a reexamination of basic principles that helped the party reorient itself as it moved forward following the election.
Read the whole thing. It’s great.