21st-century staunch conservatism, defined.
1. Label yourself a “Realpolitik Wilsonian.” Wilson being a Progressive’s progressive, and “Realpolitik” being the political label for “pragmatist.”
2. When given the opportunity to choose the greatest 20th-century President, go with the author of the New Deal — the man whose manipulations of the SCOTUS gave us an unstoppable Commerce Clause, the man whose economic policies extended the Great Depression, and the man whose Administration propelled the growth and expansion of federalized authority beyond recognizable Constitutional limits.
3. Praise Andy Stern, long-time head of the Service Employees International Union (who recently made headlines for touting “China’s Superior Economic Model” in the WSJ.
4. Repeatedly cite your tenure as House Speaker while framing yourself as a political outsider.
5. Dede Scozzafava! Ethanol subsidies! Governmment plans to fix the scourge of human exhalation!
6. Bachmann, Palin, Santorum? Kooks! With crazy crazy eyes or hillbilly breeding or bad Google problems. That’s not the kind of conservatism that sells, or that the modern conservative movement can back. Yuck!
(thanks to Pablo)