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Hello, folks, just in case you’re not fed up with hearing my political opinions, there’s a new venue for that! I’m bringing back the old PoMoCon brand, a term the late Peter Lawler so skillfully and humorously used to describe the properly Tocquevillian American conservative of the 21st century.
My friend Pete Spiliakos, another old PoMoCon hand, also a columnist over at First Things online and writer at NRO, is my first interlocutor. We talk about elite corruption in the GOP. Some thoughts you’ll encounter in our discussion:
- Constitutionalism is a good look when you’re hiding away from the big political questions of the day.
- Media-savvy Senators apparently do not care to learn about their real–not virtual–constituencies.
- Governors who have easy majority state-wide cannot confront how the politics flip at the federal level & put them squarely on the side of the minority.
- The GOP is not ready to even consider healthcare as a series of compromises that articulate & unfold principles that can command a majority coalition.
- Small business worship is blinding conservatives to the common good.
- Conservatives fearful of legitimating the federal gov’t can neither stop welfare-healthcare-entitlement expansions nor claim any public trust to govern.
- The elite Republican attempt to force unpopular policies on the nation is bound to fail.