http://tootallsid.blogspot.com/2010/05/liberal-and-conservative.htmlA year or so ago I just despaired at the "conservative" movement in the U.S. It just seemed to be fatcats and idiots, with no smart, practical people. After all, McCain picked Palin as as his Veep candidate, which thankfully handed the election to Obama.
But now I read David Brooks, Ross Douhat, and Reihan Salam (the last two are authors of Grand New Party) and they are just full of energy and ideas, with links to other smart conservatives. They actually respectfully consider the ideas of the liberals, attacking the idea and not the person, and with reason and not sarcasm. Heck, sometimes they even agree with the liberals!!
I wish I knew what happened. Maybe the nuts and dysfunctional fatcats scared them straight.
Btw, I just finished Robert Reich's Aftershock and really liked it. I learned a lot. His framing of the problem seemed clear and easy to test for soundness. And, like his conservative brethren, he is polite and respectful.