The Corner

Re: What Makes A Conservative Pol?

David, by that definition wouldn’t you have to say that the Reagan of 1969 wasn’t a conservative? He’d liberalized abortion and was only beginning to realize he had made a mistake, and he had raised taxes. At the end of his political career, moreover, he endorsed the Brady bill, which makes him 0 for 3.

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

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