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July 12, 2007

The Conservative Soul: How Jim Geraghty Wants To Get It Back

Step One: Work those killer power glutes to milk...

Wait, no, wrong guy.

Over at Geraghty et al.'s On Tap blog, they're trying to get a handle on what should be conservatism's principles for the near future. Our leaders supercilious employees pretty much abandoned the old ones for a while. We didn't notice as much as we should have, partly because we were ourselves corrupted by power, and partly because we had to support the few politicians in the country who understood the need to take the war to the terrorists against ceaseless, dishonest attacks from just about every major institution in America.

Unity over the war, as well as the blandishments of political power, made us less than vigilant about our leaders subordinate civil servants selling out just about everything there was to sell out.

Well, we have to get back to principles again, and as a first step we have to decide what those shared principles are. Jim Geraghty tries for "9 with 90," ten principles he figures that 90% of conservatives will agree with at least nine of. Seems like a good starting point for the discussion.

Although, you know, he's missing the issues of gun rights and abortion. I suppose because the stronger form advocacy on either of those issues would fail to garner support from 90% of conservatives.

Or maybe it's just that he has one of them "colorful and far-ranging sexual histories," if you know what I'm sayin', and I think you do.

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