Tuesday, January 24, 2006

In Light of Canada

I can't find the article by Michael Barone. This one is close, but it is not the one I'm thinking of. It must have been a U.S. News and World Report piece and it is not archived at Townhall. The gist of it was hinted at in the article linked above:

In the 1990s, victories for center-left candidates like Bill Clinton, Tony Blair in Britain, and Gerhard Schroeder in Germany prompted many to say that the era of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan was over, that voters no longer demanded cuts in government. Now, with the victories of Berlusconi, George W. Bush, and Vicente Fox in Mexico, that prediction seems premature.
The article I'm thinking of talked about how the political trends in the Western world are tied much closer together than what we commonly assume. Reagan, Thatcher, Kohl, etc. came to power about the same time, as did Clinton, Blair, and Schroeder.

Back in 2001, Barone saw the elections of Bush, Fox, and Berlusconi as a harbinger for a rise of conservativism across the Western world. I think it's safe to say that Barone is a genius.

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