Ross Douthat: Can Democratic Ideology Adapt to Reality?

From a New York Times column by Ross Douthat headlined “In 2022, Reality Has a Conservative Bias”:

“Reality,” Stephen Colbert remarked at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2006, “has a well-known liberal bias.” That was back when he played a caricature of a conservative instead of a caricature of a liberal (I assume that’s the point of his current late-night role, at least), and the line rolled out brilliantly into the midst of a decade where reality was delivering some punishing blows to the Republican Party’s theories of the world.