It has become popular to sound the death-knell of Conservatism. I believe the evidence indicates otherwise.
At 40% self-identified conservatives are almost twice as numerous as self-identified liberals at 21%.
Americans in another recent gallup poll also indicate by a 2-1 margin that their views are becoming more conservative.
The GOP lost in 2006 and 2008 because more than a few of their voters decided that there was no difference between them and the Democrats on government spending. Now the Democrats are proving dramatically that those voters were quite mistaken. I expect to see Republicans and conservatives come roaring back in 2010 especially if, as I fear, the economy continues to tank under the massive spending of the Obama administration.