This author says that in the aftermath of Watergate that the country turned to the left. I don't remember that but then I did not plow through the arcane minutiae and self serving data of government puzzling out when foreign policy decisions were being fought out between officials and the ruling power elites.
I think that microscopic attention to individuals and presumbably what they write and say to other conservatives has resulted in a too narrow sense of history. I am sure that the details and quotes are all correct but I think their importance is magnified by hindsight. In other words a so and so said something but it was only years later when that person came into greater prominence that their words seemed so adroit.
My recollection of the aftermath of Watergate was mostly Ronald Reagan to be honest about it. I liked Carter but OPEC took him down. I remember how people dropped away from activism professing exhaustion after the war was over. Maybe in the corridors of power and in the pages of their subsequently published accounts (seriously who exactly actually reads these things?) the world looks different. Yes Kissinger but who has ever read Wolfowitz? This author and those he cites obviously have read him and others of that ilk.
Except for the militancy of gay rights dealing with the murderous Falwellian apathy towards those dying of aids, the Left left it to government to rein back the intel community (looking at data collection and such these days we can see how that turned out) and basically pretended that they had become the establishment for the sake of their kids. Lol. Them's were the days >>> "You know I protested too when I was young. I've done that gig and now I want that Mercedes! Maybe I'll try diesel?"
After Watergate and Nixon there is a very long stretch that leaned to the right that only ended at Occupy Wall Street for most Americans. By then people were beginning to hunger for some good old activism of their own in the face of Bush/Cheney, immense tax cuts for the rich ($$$ two trillion+) Forever War (isn't it though) in the Mideast and the bank bail outs/foreclosures on the homeowners debacle.
I don't remember that the country went left but I suppose conservatives saw things that way. They always do though.
After Watergate, I remember that the country went to sleep and then leaned comfortably to the right until the economic rug was pulled out from underneath their lives when they lost pensions and benefits, lost good paying jobs to overseas, saw the rich get immense tax cuts while the country (the taxpayers) borrowed to pay for it.
I remember that we started to awaken with Occupy and that despite Obama's betrayal of his promises that the Leader Trump has shaken America to its corrupt core and set millions of feet to marching in protest.
I don't think that those feet will sit down again, not soon, maybe not ever due to the impending Climate Chaos.
I will say >>> Under Trump...the country turned left!