Two encouraging developments: the far right social conservative, Ken Cuccinelli, got raked over the coals for his extremism at a recent meeting with northern Virginia business leaders. They fear his Akin-Mourdock style could not just lose elections but scare investors from the state. Then – and yes, I know it’s not exactly ground-breaking – but Daniel Foster at NRO backs including the handful of people who comprise GOProud in the CPAC loony-right gathering. This quote managed to rustle up a smidgen of hope:
[O]ne of conservatism’s great intellectual strengths is that “conservatism” is a contested concept. If confabs like CPAC aren’t going to reflect the robust and vital internal debate about the present and future of conservatism, what are they good for?