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Liberal Elites and Conservative Illusions – Ross Douthat Blog – NYTimes.com

I’m going to mention some things that I think [Angelo Codevilla] gets wrong, because I think they’re characteristic conservative errors about the state of our politics in general, and the relationship between the highly-educated mass upper class and the rest of the country in particular…

If the nation’s elites were as uniformly left-wing and low-wattage as Codevilla suggests, and the majority of the country as principled in its devotion to free markets and limited government, then conservatives would be poised for victory after victory, at the ballot box and in the halls of Congress alike. But matters are more complicated than that, and the conservative challenge much more difficult.

The two great vices of the Obama-era right, it seems to me, are premature triumphalism (the Tea Parties haven’t won much of anything just yet) and a blithe conviction that “true conservative” good intentions trump policy substance and deep expertise. And Codevilla’s essay, while sharp and telling in many respects, ultimately seems likely to confirm conservatives in these vices.

via Liberal Elites and Conservative Illusions – Ross Douthat Blog – NYTimes.com.

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