Ex-Conservative to Hillary-Haters: ‘Get Over It’ and Vote For Her

May 22nd, 2016 6:25 PM
Damon Linker, a self-described former “conservative intellectual” (he was an editor at First Things) believes that Hillary Clinton’s policy positions are “good enough” to earn the votes of current conservatives, given that a Donald Trump administration would pose a “national threat” and that most right-wing Hillary-hatred “lack[s] any rational…

Pundit: Why Won’t Conservatives Admit They’re the GOP Establishment?

February 1st, 2016 10:10 AM
The kids in The Family Circus blame their misbehavior on gremlins with names like Ida Know and Not Me. The Week’s Damon Linker believes grown-up conservatives do something similar when they deny what Linker sees as the plain truth: that they run the Republican party. In a Tuesday column, Linker contended that the right-wing “counter-establishment” that first gained a share of…

Pundit: GOP Presidential Field ‘Ignorant, Insulting, and Dangerous’

November 15th, 2015 10:26 PM
Over the past several years, many former or reformist conservatives have wondered how the Republican party might be reclaimed from its volcanically angry, Fox-News-and-talk-radio-driven base. One ex-conservative, The Week columnist Linker, suggests that righty intellectuals ought to catalyze the process. In a Friday column, Linker wrote that he couldn’t understand “how an intelligent…

Pundit: GOP Base Broadcasts an ‘Ignorant, Garbled Howl’

July 10th, 2015 4:12 PM
The late NFL head coach George Allen had a favorite saying: “The future is now.” Conversely, The Week's Linker believes the Republican party’s future “will be delayed so long as [its] candidates remain beholden to voters who view politics primarily as a megaphone for broadcasting an ignorant, garbled howl of anger, fear, alienation, and resentment.” In a Friday…

Columnist: 'Reform'-Minded Conservatives Will Rise After ‘Loony’ G

August 5th, 2014 6:10 AM
Damon Linker, who opines for the newsmagazine The Week, thinks the so-called reform conservatives have a chance to pull the Republican party back towards the center, but predicts it won’t happen until after the GOP base -- currently “gripped by a form of political psychosis, doing furious battle with ideological phantoms of its own creation” -- nominates for president a…