From today’s Washington Post, George Will on his survey of health care legislation, whilst I do not agree with his doomsday assessment, I nevertheless, love his writing, and while I do not agree with him, he is the last Burkeian Conservative.
That was the name of the month in the French Revolutionary calendar in which Robespierre fell. To historians, Thermidor denotes any era of waning political ardor. Congressional Democrats will not soon be herded into other self-wounding votes — e.g., for a cap-and-trade carbon-rationing scheme as baroque as the health legislation. During the Democrats’ health-care monomania, the nation benefited from the benign neglect of the rest of their agenda. Now the nation may benefit from the exhaustion of their appetite for more political risk.