Maybe it’s a matter of time before neotraditionalist conservatism gains influence on the mainstream right, as the generation who thinks the war Reagan fought is still the war we’re in today passes from the scene.
Daniel Larison has a column on Greece and the the Eurozone at The Week. The Greek people will no longer have a say in the bailouts that their fragile government is bound to accept, he says. The Greek crisis is proof that fiscal austerity for the sake of European unity and democratic accountability are almost totally incompatible.
The loss of national independence inherent in the European project is bound to entail a loss of self-government, and Europe will continue to be rocked by crises in the future until it finds some way to reconcile its drive for unity with meaningful democratic consent.
George W. Bush was president of the United States for eight years without real opposition from his conservative base, despite, Daniel Larison says, his significant expansion of big government. Larison says that like Bush, a President Romney will very likely be able to govern outside conservative principles, even while claiming to be one – with little reprisal from the conservative base.