It was another bad year for liberals, as what had once been called "the New Right" consolidated its domination of American politics. The new tone was perhaps best typified on May 2, when President Patrick Buchanan laid a wreath on the tomb of Senator Joseph McCarthy on the fiftieth anniversary of the once-despised Wisconsin senator's death. "We must rededicate ourselves to his ideals," the President said, "and see to it that never again is a patriotic public servant hounded to an early grave."
Other highlights of 2007:
• President Buchanan explained that his decision to drop a hydrogen bomb on the city of Hiroshima was largely symbolic. "Santayana said that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it," he told a crowded press conference. "Those who are tempted to use sharp trading practices against this country cannot choose between Santayana and sayonara." He also listed ten more cities, including Tokyo, Mexico City, and Stockholm, as targets for future blasts.
OBAMA WON THE WHITE HOUSE. Republicans won the House of Representatives. The U.S. Senate remained majority Democrat, though Republicans retained enough seats to filibuster. Is this a draw? It certainly looks a lot like where the dust settled after the 2010 election.
The Left wants to argue this is a replay of 2008. That was a year when Obama won with a seven-point margin. He was joined by a House in which Nancy Pelosi led a 256-seat Democrat majority and a Senate in which Harry Reid controlled 59 and then 60 Democrat votes.
It was a daunting challenge for the GOP. Republicans anticipated three or four likely Senate losses in 2010. They saw no possible pickup opportunities. The momentum was with Obama, Reid, and Pelosi, who were poised to change labor law, nationalize health care, enact cap-and-trade and/or an energy tax, and modify election laws to make resistance to the new order futile.
The actual 2010 election changed everything. It broke Obama’s momentum, gave Republicans a strong and united Reagan Republican majority in the House, and left them with 47 senators—enough to filibuster.