“Conservative intellectuals plan to meet.” Ba-dum-ch! No, but seriously…
In attendance will be such figures as Rich Lowry, Bill Kristol, David Brooks, Ramesh Ponnuru, Jonah Goldberg, Maggie Gallagher, Ed Whelan and Andy McCarthy.
David Brooks is a bit of a contrary asshat (see: Patio Man), but occasionally makes sense, and I’ve seen some reasonable stuff out Ponnuru lately, but this sophist brain trust probably risks an unsafe mass of water carrying hackery and delusional paranoia. That’s the same Bill Kristol who led the Palin cheer leading, the same Jonah Goldberg who wrote a book arguing that liberalism is a precursor to fascism, and the same Andy McCarthy who wrote this:
Second, and relatedly, Obama’s radicalism, beginning with his Alinski/ACORN/community organizer period, is a bottom-up socialism. This, I’d suggest, is why he fits comfortably with Ayers, who (especially now) is more Maoist than Stalinist. What Obama is about is infiltrating (and training others to infiltrate) bourgeois institutions in order to change them from within — in essence, using the system to supplant the system. A key requirement of this stealthy approach (very consistent with talking vaporously about “change” but never getting more specific than absolutely necessary) is electability. With an enormous assist from the media, which does not press him for specifics, Obama has walked this line brilliantly. Absent convincing retractions of his prior radical positions, though, we should construe shrewd moves like the ostensibly reasonable Second Amendment position as efforts make him electable.
I look forward to seeing some of the ideas that come out of this meeting.