Future of Conservatism

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Watergate and Status of Conservatism

The new year 1974 brings into question whether the Watergate disclosures and the Agnew resignation have done great harm to the cause of conservatism, which only a year earlier was being viewed as the wave of the future. The Republican Party is generally considered the natural “home” of the conservative tradition in American politics and, according to the findings of public-opinion polls, it has suffered a loss of support in the Watergate aftermath.

While the problems of the Nixon administration during the past year have muted its talk of a “new majority” in American politics drawn from conservative constituencies, there is little evidence that the conservative tradition has lost its footing. About all that can be said for sure at this ...

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