“The tortured gay intellectual and dark complicated figure who wrestled with his soul. Some of it is cultivated, some of it is real, but man, is it a good fucking show,” – an anonymous Democratic fundraiser on David Brock.
But, as the profile makes clear, Brock had never really thought through conservatism and has little interest in what progressivism should be in terms of policy substance. He just likes organizing to persecute his enemies, first on one side, then on the other. And it's a very powerful skill – just not an example of a tortured intellect.