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Time to Grow Up, GOP

jcm Virginia Wrote: Jan 17, 2013 2:27 PM
When I saw the title to this column, I thought, great, I hope he unloads on Boehner, Cantor and other GOP Quislings. What a disappointment to see that this column reads more like an addendum to the GOP election loser's playbook.

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,...