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    mightymouse

    No, old time conservatives are a valid ideological position that merely has different ideas about the proper role of government in our society.  I would describe myself as a socialist, but I consider their loyal opposition to be a legitimately good force to keep my rather more naive optimistic tendencies in check.  This is why political compromise is necessary and I would guess it is why the President has the moderate position he does, he thinks it's possible to revive that history.

    As for the difference between the old kind of conservative and the new type.

    One group understands the legitimacy of facts and the importance of making policy on the basis of reality.

    The other group understands that if you control the facts, it doesn't matter what the policy is.

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