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Sat Mar 25, 2017, 03:40 PM

7. It's been on this trajectory for your entire adult life, Dave...

Movement Conservatism has defined itself by the absolute contempt it has for its opposition: first the centrist Rockefeller Republicans, then for Democrats -- ALL Democrats. Reagan ran on themes that bigots ate up with a spoon. So did GHW Bush: from the "revolving door jail" against Dukakis to the "make them avatars of everything you hate about the 60s" tactics against Bill & Hillary Clinton.

What was the response to their loss in 1992? The prototype for what you note about 2009: "don't accept the loss, dig in and do everything --ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING -- to fight this illegitimate regime." And they did, for eight years and beyond.

You were there for it all, you turned 30 in 1990, you were a grown-up. Which side were you on? What did you do when it might have counted?

You want to talk about Burkean Conservatism? Go get a sinecure at a university, there's probably some conservative billionaire who'll fund it. But don't pretend that this is some shocking development, or that the Republicans have taken a wrong turn. They took that turn while you were still in school. How long did it take you to see it?

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