Kristol on Conservatives and the GOP

Weekly Standard Editor, William Kristol has an interesting article in today’s Washington Post titled, “A Good Time to be a Conservative.”

The title and the piece imply a positive outlook for the GOP:

“Fully 72 percent of Republicans say they’re conservative. …
The implications of this for the Republican Party over the remaining three years of the Obama presidency are clear: The GOP is going to be pretty unapologetically conservative. There aren’t going to be a lot of moderate Republican victories in intra -party skirmishes. And — with the caveat that the political world can, of course, change quickly — there will be a conservative Republican presidential nominee in 2012.”

However, as David Frum notes today on, since only about 20% of Americans currently identify as Republicans, Bill’s numbers imply that conservative Republicans currently constitute about 14.4% of the population.

So while Bill’s predictions of continuing conservative/populist dominance within the GOP look accurate, the future looks much bleaker for the GOP itself.

Sam K. Theodosopoulos is the Editor-at-Large of the GW Young America’s Foundation Blog.


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