And how did an era of greed, led by an out-of-touch airhead, change two decades later into a golden age, led by a prince among men? The reasons are these: First, the only times conservatives are praised in the press is when they can be used to run down other conservatives; and second, it is a general rule of the press and of the establishment that the best conservatives are those dead or retired; and the more dead or retired, the better they are.
As I noted a while back, conservatives love to bemoan the decline of their ideology. However, they are also quite good at it. As Emery’s piece demonstrates, TIME should leave the decline-of-conservatism lamentations to the professionals.