By Patrick Appel
Reihan sees the stirrings of a Republican revival:
This looks like the beginning of the two-party system righting itself in the Feiler Faster spirit, we’re slowly getting back to 50-50. The mix of issues that are keeping Republican heads above water is different from what we’ve seen during the Bush era, and more attractive in some respects: spending restraint is making a rhetorical comeback, and pushback against environmentalists is taking the place of pushback against social liberals. Given mre straitened economic circumstances, this makes sense. Social issues for liberals and conservatives tend to be voting issues for the relatively affluent. If the goal is to move blue collar voters, job impact is what counts.