My friend and former colleague Steve Clemons, founding executive director of the Nixon Center, writes that he's thankful for the Obama administration's openness to debate. Must be nice. Too bad debate is being anathematized on the right, which targets Republican candidates for failing to conform to a conservative covenant which in some of its key elements, such as ceding war policy-making to the military, has nothing to do with conservatism.
The GOP's leading light, Sarah Palin, is as far as I've seen unable or unwilling to make a nuanced comment on any policy or political issue or personality. We'll see if a political movement can be built on the pillars of her anger and sense of entitlement. In the meantime, Steve, better see if you can bottle up some of that inside-the-Beltway good sense and sell it on Amazon!