Rich Lowry makes a good point, chastising
what he calls the "flip-flop police":
Here we are as conservatives expending an enormous amount of energy to effectively punish candidates for agreeing with us. Since when did it become a bad thing for a candidate to realize the influence of conservatives (and hopefully the correctness of their views) in the nominating process and react accordingly?Yes, other things being equal, I'd prefer to support a candidate who agreed with me on everything since we were both in diapers. But that's not going to happen.
Fellow Granite Stater
Patrick Hynes has an interesting and important essay on Identity Group
Conservatism, and I'm probably the last person in the whole wide
world to link to it. But his overall theme is similar to
Lowry's—why are conservatives suddenly so politically
adds in an overall pessimism about the future. You might also want to
check his followup posts here
with plenty of links to other reactions.
I'm more optimistic, because I think the marketplace of ideas is powerful and on our side. But that's more of a long term view.