I always love it when the New York Times runs one of these stories. You mean conservatives are arguing with each other?!?!?! And in other headlines, Water Is Wet!
Someday maybe the Times and other liberals like them will figure out that the constant debate going on among the conservative movement is one of the sources of its strength. Of course, that would mean that the left would have to realize that by and large they don’t like debate. Witness, for example, what happened to Brendan Nyhan when he criticized the blog Eschaton.
Referring to the Liberals Fighting Liberals post, when was the last time you saw conservatives signing a manifesto when they were criticized by one of their own? When I recently took a number of conservatives to task for wanting Democrats to control the House, you didn’t see them banding together to sign a “statement of principles.” Rather, Bruce Bartlett responded with a letter, as did Stephen Slivinski (albeit a libertarian, not a conservative) with a column.
The fact that the right often debates within its ranks helps us come up with better policies and find better ways to get them enacted. That’s why we win so much more than the other side.
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