The gateway conservatives: a gateway to nowhere?
(Note: as of August 8, the linked discussion, which is about the path by which liberals become conservatives, and the obstacles in that path, continues. I recommend it.)
In an entry on August 4, “The madness of the left and what we should think about it,” there were two fascinating readers’ comments on the following question: Do the lightweight, “gateway” conservatives such as Mark Steyn and P.J. O’Rourke serve a positive function of leading liberals, who would reject any serious conservatism, to some kind of conservatism, or do the lightweight-cons actually prevent a conversion to serious conservatism by liberals who are inchoately hungering for something more substantial than what the Steyns and the Coulters have to offer?