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If traditional conservativism is dead, it’s because of the denizens of WingNutDaily.

Do you think conservatism is dead?

The poll refers to a wailing column by Joseph Farah lamenting the death of conservatism, in the wake of what he says is the failure of the Republican revolution ushered in with the Contract With America clowns of 1994. He longs for the ascendancy of more assertive (!) culture warriors.  Read more after the flip.

In 1984, during the height of the Reagan Revolution, a friend of mine, Phyllis Schlafly, led a heroic victory over ratification of the federal Equal Rights Amendment. No one really expected it to turn out that way when Phyllis first got started. The ERA was seen by the cultural elite as a no-brainer. But Phyllis waged a relentless, tireless, courageous political fight against it that culminated in the ERA’s defeat.

Yet, in the succeeding 23 years, many of the worst nightmares ERA opponents predicted if it were ratified have become realities. That’s because conservatives’ adversaries are always on offense and don’t limit their combat to one field of engagement. Who could have imagined, for instance, 23 years after the defeat of the ERA that we would have same-sex marriage in its wake? What they couldn’t accomplish in the world of politics, they accomplished in the world of culture – a world in which they face little or no opposition.

I almost fell out of my chair when Farah mentioned Reagan, Ann Coulter, and Rush Limbaugh in the same breath as being “the few conservative voices…permitted to exist in their cultural stronghold of the media.”

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