I wish more people told this like it is (and Barro’s still a registered Republican):
Ross Douthat thinks I’m too pessimistic when I say Republicans will never support constructive proposals on health policy.
Given plenty of time and patience, he says they might enact a positive health care agenda.
Of course, that’s also what they say about monkeys and typewriters and Shakespeare.
Tom Edsall asks how the conservatives got so radical. His answers range from fairly insightful socio-psychology to liberals drive a car like this beep beep, conservatives drive a car like this BEEP BEEP, but the real answer is simple: they got this radical because they could. Conservative “intellectuals” like Douthat and Irving Kristol will go along with whatever crazy shit they think might help conservatives get elected, ostensibly nonpartisan pundits like Ron Fournier will say “both sides do it” no matter what either side has done.
There just hasn’t been much incentive for conservatives to be non-crazy or non-radical, not for many years.