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Media Watch, 1
Friday, June 11, 2004
THE ECONOMIST (of London) is having difficulty defining a form of US conservatism broad enough to contain Reagan and Bush jr.
This fuzziness about Reaganism reflects a more general fuzziness about American conservatism in general. Some of the American Right's great chroniclers have concluded that its contradictions make it pointless to define: American conservatism is simply what American conservatives do.
Try Joel Kotkin's approach lads:
Reagan's political career was shaped by a group of California entrepreneurs whose primary values he adopted and to whom he repeatedly went for advice... they were not conservatives in the mold of George W. Bush. Few expressed the kind of religious moralism now widely associated with the conservative movement.
Reagan was a west-coast conservative with a bigger consituency than the southerner, George W. And his natural heir is Governor Arnie.