A phrase embodying the idea that Conservatives hold ideas that long ago were considered liberal. For example, many Conservatives will quote the Founding Fathers of the United States to support their views. However, in their own time, Founding Fathers were extreme Liberals.

This relationship is not necessarily a Bad Thing. Conservatives and Liberals form a yin-yang that helps to prevent new ideas from being integrated into the general culture either too quickly or too slowly.

This process does not work in some cases (see abortion) where the two sides are fundamentally irreconcilable.

Note: This writeup will not make any sense for certain definitions of Conservative and Liberal.