R. Emmett Tyrell Jr., founder of The American Spectator and author of Public Nuisances and The Liberal Crack-up, dates the conservative crack-up as beginning July 1, 1987, with the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court.

"Conservatism's time of greatest strength preceeded that date, and it has been a rocky road ever since," Mr. Tyrrell writes in his new book's prologue.

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