Thanks for bringing that up, Houziwang! I will throw it out for the FIRST two lines, as well! Goldberg began the piece by writing, "The Republicans are doomed. Conservatism is over.", as though he were implying there is some 'linkage' or 'connection' between the subject of the 1st sentence and the subject of the second sentence. There is NOT. The GOP leadership at the national level has proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt. The GOP is very possibly headed the way of the Whigs; Conservatism is not.