Monday, November 24, 2008

Future Ex-Democrats

From my latest American Spectator column:
Bill Clinton, in my mind, had two great accomplishments as president: He signed the Welfare Reform Act of 1996 and he made me an ex-Democrat. While my conversion is probably an extreme example of the phenomenon, I'm one of millions whom Clinton drove out of the party.
There was a reason, after all, that the Obama campaign pushed so hard to register first-time voters this year -- the Clinton years produced so many "once burned, twice shy" voters who now wouldn't vote for any Democrat under any circumstance.
Obama gained his margin of victory in large measure by enlisting the support of the disengaged, the disaffected and those too young to know better. Voters under 30 -- who weren't yet in high school when Bill Clinton was elected -- went for Obama by a 2-to-1 margin. Many of these young Obama supporters will be among the first to feel the shock of discovering how wide is the chasm that separates their Hope from any Change that Obama can actually accomplish.
Already, their disillusionment is beginning, the Internet rumbling with discontent as Obama staffs his administration with Washington insiders, Clinton cronies and even, perhaps, Hillary Clinton herself. Many more will be disheartened to discover that there is no magic in Obama's economic plan, a patchwork of warmed-over Keynesian "pump-priming" claptrap as stale as the memory of Hubert Humphrey.
Please read the whole thing. And don't stop thinkin' about tomorrow.

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