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?

Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 07, 2009 02:11 PM | Send

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