I disagree. They haven’t “won”. Oh, they got their time in the sun, but as time goes on and the demographic shift changes this nation to majority-minority, their influence will diminish. Too slowly, for the changes coming won’t happen in my lifetime or yours, but they’re coming nonetheless. One could say they won the short game, but they haven’t a hope of winning the long game.
Sorry, but I tend to take the long view of history…and as MLK (quoting someone else) stated that the arc of history is long, but bends towards justice, the arc of history — as long as we don’t devolve back into third-world nation status — bends towards acceptance and inclusion.
Look at the protests at Kent State, at Selma, and at Stonewall. There were many, many other protests, but those were the seminal events. In each case, the conservatives (regardless of party) took the side of the status quo, whereas the liberals took the side of change.
Who won in each case? In the short term, the conservatives won…but in the long term, they lost. Even in the corporate world, if you’ll watch, the conservative mindset seems to be on short-term gains with little consideration for much greater long-term issues (see “climate change” and “universal health care”).
They complain and get their way now…but the world is changing around them in ways they (in the aggregate, though not on an individual basis) are going to be forced to accept. They’re going to be dragged kicking and screaming into the future…but they’re going. America’s ongoing and irreversible demographic shift isn’t going to give them a choice.