The concept of a “conservative crack-up” holds the same article-of-faith status for many of today’s liberals that the “final crisis of capitalism” held for the Marxist left of my day. Both are fast-approaching, and virtually any bump in the road is greeted not just as evidence of the crack-up/final crisis, but as its beginning. And both deemed inevitable by virtue of “internal contradictions.”
We probably will see a conservative crack-up, whereas I doubt that any of us will witness a final crisis of capitalism. But I disagree with Glenn Reynolds to the extent he believes that the Terri Schiavo case is evidence of, or will help lead to, a conservative crack-up. Many conservatives will be disappointed with the Republican Congress’ intervention in this matter. But few will hold a long-term grudge against their fellow Republican conservatives for being too intent on providing Terri Schiavo with additional process before she starved to death.
UPDATE: Reader Tim Barry writes to say that the one current issue that might lead to a crack-up is immigration. I agree.
- Subscribe now!... Get rid of ADs!Support Power Line...VIP MembershipPresentsPower Line
Most Read on Power Line
Subscribe to Power Line by Email
Find us on Facebook
“Arise and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.” Winston Churchill
“Proclaim Liberty throughout All the land unto All the Inhabitants Thereof.” Inscription on the Liberty Bell