In his book, The Liberal Imagination, Lionel Trilling carped that there were “no conservative or reactionary ideas in general circulation.” Then along came right-wing intellectuals like Milton Friedman, James Q. Wilson, Alan Bloom and Gertrude Himmelfarb that liberals had to contend with for a while. But not for long. Anything representing intellectualism by the GOP went down the tubes with the advent of Karl Rove and the George W. Bush administration. It was basically replaced with “HATE.” Something that has served Republicans well with the inauguration of Barack Obama for President. In The Nation, Trilling points out that today no intellectual equals exist with George Will saying, “that rape victims enjoy their ‘privileges,’ that Ebola can be spread through the air, and that global warming is a hoax.” Trilling adds that, “Conservative ‘wise man’ Bill Kristol has achieved this status by proving himself, time and again, to be the worst predictor in the history of the punditocracy.”
With this ammunition, Progressives can be passionate over keeping the White House in 2016 as well as retaking Congress.