I've never written a headline on Ross Douthat, and I can't write one now
Distant Ocean gets this absolutely right:
Douthat goes straight from a) accurately observing that most Democrats are now treating Bushian policies as "common sense" simply because a Democrat is carrying them out, to b) attributing this rank partisanship to "growing up", "putting away certain fond illusions", and "accepting responsibility". Does he really not understand that they'd turn on a dime yet again if Newt Gingrich were to move his horns and pointy tail into the White House in 2012? It's as though after demonstrating the conservation of energy, Joule decided it was just a transient phenomenon rather than a law of some sort.