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“As the old saying has it, the left looks for heretics and the right looks for converts, and both find what they’re looking for. The effect is no doubt subliminal, but people who treat you like crap are, over time, less persuasive than people who don’t. If people on the Left are so unhappy about how many former allies are changing their views, perhaps they should examine how those allies are treated.” – Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit)
Reynolds wrote this over a decade ago, during the early years of Instapundit. Yet I believe it remains true today, and is one reason I believe the Democrats will lose the 2020 election bigly. They are alienating too many people, and alienating them at an increasing rate. They are attacking their own allies, too, over minor differences in dogma.
And yes, the right is making converts. I think you can see that on this site, where we have liberals who joined to preach to the heathen, discovered we were willing to listen to their arguments and pick apart the flaws in those arguments rather than attack them personally. And eventually decided maybe we were better companions than their former allies of the left.
My fear is that conservatives, faced with this brand of crazy will decide to imitate the Democrats and hunt out “traitors” in our midst – a traitor being defined as anyone who does not rigidly adhere to the “proper” conservative values.