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Ran into National Review's very own Byron York last night at Wes Clark's party.  Thought it would be a great opportunity to interview a real live wingnut, so I cornered him the minute he walked in the door.  He begged off saying that he needed to get a beer, but came back momentarily to tell me that he'd be happy to do a 5 or 10 minute interview with me, on film, for my blog.  I told him that he was really gracious for agreeing to do that for me and thank you very much.  I said the topic of discussion would be abortion.

Ha.

He beat the fastest retreat you've ever seen.  He expressed his extreme dismay at the thought of having to defend a core tenet of the Republican platform, suggesting that if Ramesh Pannourrou, who had just written a book about the "culture of death" was at the conference, he would be a better foil for me.  Of course, Ramesh isn't here, Byron is.

Byron concluded our conversation by saying he was going to decline the interview.

I really don't understand why one of the intellectual heirs of the modern conservative movement would be so quick to chicken out of what should be a thoroughly prepared and well-rehearsed debate subject for Republicans, but he did.  Maybe it's the paste.

Originally posted to Mike Stark on Fri Jun 09, 2006 at 03:45 PM PDT.

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