Speaking of Brooks, two points about his much-discussed column. First, as a lot of you have already said, I don’t think it is right to distinguish between “traditionalists” and “reformers.” For one thing, conservatism already has a tradition of innovation. Second, his pessimism is a little exaggerated. He suggests that none of the Right’s major publications can promote reformism without being “pummeled” by its financial backers. Yet National Review and the Weekly Standard have both been hospitable to “reformist” arguments and writers, while also of course, and quite rightly, publishing people who are skeptical about us. Rich Lowry and Bill Kristol, the editors of those magazines, have each written articles that would fit quite comfortably into the reformist literature. As far as I know, neither institution is going to be closing its doors any time soon.