1) They have supreme confidence without supreme competence. Conservative talk show hosts, columnists,...
I wrote this comment two days ago on TH; forgive me for being enough of an egotist to think it bears repeating: The Republican party leadership is just as threatened by constitutional conservatism as is the Democratic Party leadership. These two supposedly opposed entities are united in their collectivist goals: Both are willing to sacrifice the individual to what each supposes to be "the greatest good for the greatest number", and the only thing they're arguing about is who gets to define the "greatest good" and who gets to be sacrificed to it. Constitutional conservatism, with its emphasis on the primacy of individual rights, is probably a more serious threat to the Republican Party leadership because it threatens to reveal the wolf we
Just as moderates are completely unrepresented in a Democratic Party that's dominated by liberals, movement conservatives often don't feel represented by the Republican Party. At first glance, this seems rather odd since most Republicans in Congress are conservative. However, it's a natural reaction to the Republican establishment that has its hands welded to many of the GOP's levers of power. The Republican Party may be mostly conservative, but there are a multitude of reasons that you can't trust the establishment Republicans as far as you can throw them.
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