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Time to Grow Up, GOP

David238 Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 2:23 PM
I agree. The notion that the Rockefeller Republicans were purged is ridiculous. When Reagan was elected he was forced to name George Bush as his running mate in order placate the moderate/liberal wing, and we have been stuck with moderates/liberals running the GOP ever since Reagan stepped down.

It's hard for a lot of people, particularly on the right, to recognize that the conservative movement's problems are mostly problems of success. The Republican Party's problems are much more recognizable as the problems of failure, including the failure to recognize the limits of that movement's success.

American conservatism began as a kind of intellectual hobbyist's group with little hope of changing the broader society. Albert Jay Nock, the cape-wearing libertarian intellectual -- he called himself a "philosophical anarchist" -- who inspired a very young William F. Buckley Jr., argued that political change was impossible because the masses were rubes,...