Watching the Young America Foundation Conference, where young conservatives are asking questions of a pair of Barry Goldwater experts. Just saw one of them go up and say he “couldn’t imagine why anyone is thinking of voting for George Bush” given his perceived selling out of the right on immigration, deficits, medicare and such. One panelist proffered the tax cuts as the main conservative accomplishment on Bush’s watch. The other panelist, Goldwater biographer Lee Edwards, sidestepped the question of domestic policy entirely, simply invoking the idea that “Everything changed on 9/11,” saying a few words about how frightening the prospect of another terror attack is, and then – without suggesting any Bush policy which would make us safer – nodded to suggest that the question had been settled.

I’d be curious to know how the kids in the room took his answer.


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