After years of bleating “Repeal and replace!” conservatives were like the dog that caught the car. They had no intellectually coherent policy to make good on the “replace” part of that promise.
The contrast between success in the judiciary and failure in areas such as health care shows that when conservatives invest in intellectual leadership, they can win. And if they don’t, they lose. I wish they’d notice.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry I would replace “conservatives” with “Republicans” in the first quoted paragraph, as bleating anodynes and nostrums is not particularly conservative.