I’m in NYC for the panel on Sean Hannity’s new program tonight. “Hannity” will quickly become the key conservative television show, and while the decision to only use in-studio guests makes it a bit of a hike for the West Coast conservatives, the new program is off to a very strong start with viewers.
It has been 14 years since the GOP was in such a weak position inside the Beltway, but the first two years of the Clinton term provided a season of growth and energy that powered first Newt and then the successes of 2000, 2002 and 2004. As the “stimulus” charade in the House demonstrates, you can count of the Dems to blow their opportunity to govern from the center. The new media infrastructure of the center-right will benefit from the period of opposition, and the ideas infrastructure within D.C. and throughout the connected organizations across the country will prosper as well. The left is going to discover quickly that defending an Administration across a broad front of issues is a much more difficult task than attacking one selectively. The new president’s move to the center on some appointments is going to buy him some time, but as the flaws in the stimulus package show, he won’t be able to keep the left side of his coalition from exposing the Administration to well-grounded criticism.