As I’ve said before, I don’t believe that Republicans will nominate Sarah Palin, I believe they will nominate some ostensibly less frightening and noxious candidate and that all the serious, intellectual conservatives will line up behind that candidate’s plan to voucherzie Social Security in a Burkean gradualist manner.
I realize that Erik came here neither to praise nor bury other so-called reasonable conservatives. But I’d like to ask him to explain how a serious, principled, intellectual conservative like Conor Friedersdorf can say he might have supported Newt Gingrich until Newt went nuts about the Ground Zero mosque. There are any number of reasons why no non-braindead observer would feel much Newtmentum. Since I’m on the iPad again, I’ll just give one link: here’s Newt comparing Obama’s “secular-soshulist” machine to Hitler and Staliln.
It is popular now to say that the problem with modern conservativism is that it has been taken over by crazy-cons. Isn’t it an even bigger problem when ostensibly reasonable conservative pundits are ready to drool all over the intellectual bona fides of any Republican candidate who isn’t a birther? Has there ever been a better example of the soft bigotry of lowered expectations?