In Pennsylvania, Syndicated Columnist E.J. Dionne Discusses End of An Era

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By: E&P Staff

Washington Post syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne, speaking at Allegheny College’s Ford Chapel in Pennsylvania this week, remarked to those in attendance that the election of Barack Obama marks the beginning of a fundamental shift toward the political left — and, in a very real way, the end of an era.

“Just as the 1980 election was the end of a particular kind of liberal era, I believe this is the end of a particular kind of conservative era,” Dionne said, according to a report by Jim Martin at the Erie (Pa.) Times-News. Martin said Dionne spoke to a large crowd of students, faculty, and community members.

?Drawing parallels to the election of Franklin Roosevelt, Dionne said the challenges of the day leave only two likely scenarios for an Obama presidency. The first possibility is he will be overwhelmed by a difficult set of circumstances.The second is that he will rise to the occasion and effect important change,? Martin wrote.

“Conservatism has so run out of steam it desperately needs a new William F. Buckley,” Dionne added.

Check out the report, here.

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