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  •  My take on what has transpired at Swords Crossed (1+ / 0-)
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    ... to this point is that Armando has yet to find a worthy opponent.

    I know plenty of conservatives who are smart and can argue their side effectively, but Trevino proved to be a lightweight (and then cut out) and the rest of the right side crew over there hasn't been much better.

    I would either like to see a stronger, more coherent point-of-view from the other side, or something along the lines of what Armando has here with Beinart.

    Given the drivel from the weak-asses he's been "debating" (and I use that term loosely) at Swords Crossed to date, I think I'd prefer an Armando-Beinart debate on, say, two or three main topics a week.

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    by Bob Johnson on Fri Jun 02, 2006 at 08:44:24 AM PDT

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    •  Armando IS conservative (1+ / 0-)
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      Though he doesn't identify as a CONSERVATIVE, because his deep conservatism seems to be tempered by an equally deep respect for reason, compassion and humanity.

      I know, I know, some will say that this is classic liberalism. Maybe so.

      It's arguably the position that Beinart and TNR pretend to, although TNR has been self-censoring its thinking into reactionary rightist sockpuppetry for twenty years.

      My view is that Armando does himself, and us, a disservice by legitimating Beinart.

      What he should be doing if he wants to cross swords in an interesting and compelling way, while broadening the discourse, is find a worthy adversary on the left and argue from his own natural position on the right of the liberal tradition.

      That could strike some sparks and do some real good, unlike the current jousts in which his talents are largely wasted.

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