In a comment just moments ago…
…I wrote, “[the GOP brand has] been damaged by years of moving leftward, and letting the left frame each new lurch that way as the benchmark for “extremism” — while they themselves can move even more left” as a way to keep the distance between the parties apparent (and because that’s where they wish to take us).
And then, happily, I was greeted with this: “Bill Kristol: ‘It Won’t Kill The Country If We Raise Taxes a Little Bit on Millionaires’”
So. “Conservatism” is now a brand of willing conditional Marxism. Which would make progressivism what, exactly….?
I don’t know. Maybe “our” strategy is built on the idea that the political spectrum is flat and finite in length, and that if we keep moving everything leftward, eventually the communists and progressives will simply fall off of the thing!