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Gestalt Conservatism

Since every pundit sooner or later takes turns peddling some boutique variety of conservatism — “Crunchy Cons,” “compassionate conservatism,” “South Park conservatives” and so forth — I figure I might as well buy a ticket the sweepstakes.

Gestalt is the mental process whereby we translate patterned data into coherent ideas. So: Obama at Notre Dame, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Carrie Prejean, Larry Summers, Joe the Plumber, George Orwell, David Brooks, Al Gore, Matt Drudge, Rush Limbaugh, Ronald Reagan, Concord Bridge, salmon-and-risotto dinners at the Watergate.

See the pattern?

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