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Andrew, thanks for linking to Henke’s post. The competitive-grievance thing Henke goes into–should libertarians be more upset about Huckabee or social conservatives about Kathleen Parker?–is just about the last thing anyone should spend a minute thinking about. His point that social conservatives need economic conservatives is well taken. But the reverse is also true, and indeed more true. So, in the bit you quote, he suggests that it was limited government that won the day in 1994, with social conservatives along for the ride. It would oversimplify matters, but be much closer to the truth, to suggest that “God, gays, and guns” powered Republican successes that year–and the “revolution” sputtered out as soon as Republicans touched Medicare.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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