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This, from the Economist, is mistaken:
Anyway, if one bothers to really think about it, constitutional conservativism, as construed by Ms Bachmann and her boosters, might be better labeled “constitutional restorationism”, which I think more clearly conveys the idea of a return to the system of government laid out in the constitution, intepreted as the authors intended. But this idea, if taken really seriously, is staggeringly radical. I find it hard to believe that any of the mild-mannered, stability-loving conservative Iowans who told me they want to put a constitutional conservative in the White House really favour junking hundreds of years of prior constitutional interpretation and reinterpretation along with the massive, interlocking system of institutions that has evolved along with them. Most conservatives really are conservative. They don’t favour uprooting the vast infrastructure of existing institutions that reaches into every corner of American life (even if some of those institutions are only dubiously “constitutional”). What they seem to want, even if this is not what they understand themselves to want, is to start from the status quo and add a new layer of constitutional reinterpretation inspired by certain widespread contemporary ideas about the sort of things the founders had in mind.
Correction: constitutional conservatives recognize that extricating ourselves from the current administrative state is sort of like kicking heroin or getting off life support. It can be done at all once, but it ain’t pretty. It hurts. And even those constitutional conservatives who aren’t hugely troubled by this as a matter of personal principle are aware there isn’t much of a constituency for shock therapy. Constitutional conservatives don’t favor uprooting — that’s exactly right. But they don’t favor weeds, either. There’s nothing radical about pulling gently and firmly, if one bothers to really think about it.