Fratricide Is Foolish

by Ramesh Ponnuru

Via Dave Weigel, I see my friend Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks is reading the election as evidence that social issues hurt conservative candidates: “The strength of the movement is the focus on fiscal issues, which tend to be a uniting factor among a vast majority of Americans, especially given the current economic climate. Social issues have distracted and proven divisive in close races–like Ken Buck in Colorado.” This is cherry-picking at best. If social conservatives wanted to engage in a tit-for-tat, they might well ask: How did opposing the minimum wage work for John Raese in West Virginia? Were Social Security and Medicare strong issues for Angle? But I think it makes more sense for spokesmen for conservatism’s different but overlapping factions to refrain from taking gratuitous shots at each other.

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