No matter who wins this election, the "right wing" is the real loser, writes EJ Dionne in the Washington Post. Romney's recent shift to a moderate narrative, and the fact that his party doesn't seem to mind his contradictions, is evidence that conservatism has taken a drubbing just two years after many took the Tea Party movement as a sign of a country-wide shift to the right.
"It turns out that there was no profound ideological conversion of the country two years ago," writes Dionne. "We remain the same moderate and practical country we have long been." Take the auto bailout, once the biggest example cited by Tea Partiers of the dangers of a socialist Obama. Well it worked, and now Romney is soft-pedaling his previous opposition. "That the conservatives’ standard-bearer is now trying to escape the consequences of their ideas tells us all we need to know about who is winning the philosophical battle." Click to read Dionne's full piece.