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a new tide rises

Neo-neocon opens a discussion on one of her commenter’s statements:

I’m in an artistic field, where the leftists wear buttons and give political speeches on professional occasions, and I keep my mouth shut because I’d like to continue working—yes, this has been discussed here before, but in fields where everyone is a contractor it really IS that raw. You speak and contracts dry up. I’ve seen it happen. …

This said, I’ve seen a new generation starting to come into positions of power. The thing is, like gay people in the bad old days, we’ve developed ways of picking up the “tells” and we all find each other and know each other—eventually. … And I can see the replacement taking place, all but invisible to the people still holding most of the power. People whose entire identity is bound up in justifying stopping the vietnam war which they believe the ultimate evil, are being replaced by people who see that stopping the vietnam war—the way they did—was surrendering to evil.

For further support, I offer two articles. First, via Mad Minerva, this NYT article:

In general, information on professors’ political and ideological leanings tends to be scarce. But a new study of the social and political views of American professors by Neil Gross at the University of British Columbia and Solon Simmons at George Mason University found that the notion of a generational divide is more than a glancing impression. “Self-described liberals are most common within the ranks of those professors aged 50-64, who were teenagers or young adults in the 1960s,” they wrote, making up just under 50 percent. At the same time, the youngest group, ages 26 to 35, contains the highest percentage of moderates, some 60 percent, and the lowest percentage of liberals, just under a third.

When it comes to those who consider themselves “liberal activists,” 17.2 percent of the 50-64 age group take up the banner compared with only 1.3 percent of professors 35 and younger.

Then, via Instapundit, this post at the Volokh Conspiracy:

It turns out that the most recent Gallup poll of Jewish opinion, released yesterday, shows that Jews 55 and older are supporting Obama 74 to 19 percent, and Jews ages 18 to 34 are supporting him by a significantly lower margin, 67 to 29 percent.

In all the hullaballoo about Obama’s immanent victory and the rise of lefty power, I’ve read several comments to the effect that the conservative movement is over. Au contraire, it is rising. What is happening now is the last crusade of the boomers. They hold the positions of power today: they are the editors, the professors, the big names, the corporate bosses, the senators, etc. But we’re right behind, a few years younger, or a decade younger. We’ll be next in those places, and we aren’t half as lefty.