The sequel to The Godfather, Part II centers around the next generation, specifically a son who at first seemed to reject the family business. Instead of staying in New York and writing on behalf of neoconservative causes, he came to Washington and became a mainstream conservative operative and later a genial television pundit, seemingly more at home talking about election strategy than neoconservative philosophy or policy perspectives.
Eventually, though, he followed the family tradition and entered the political magazine business. Then, following a bloody masacre, he stepped boldly into the forefront of the enterprise as the leading advocate of an ever-more aggressive approach to taking on the enemy. In doing so, he seemed to revive the flagging fortunes of the family business which, according to the godfather himself, had become essentially indisguishable from its mainstream partners/rivals. Now it once again held itself out as the vanguard, capable of showing reluctant conservatives (those not cut-out to be war-time consiglieri) the one and only path to successful governance.
But will the revived family business still be an essentially conservative enterprise? It’s too soon to say. But it may be worthwhile recalling that in the last two presidential elections the godfather’s son supported Colin Powell and John McCain.
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