They say the most arrogant and obnoxious residents of New York City are the ones born in Buffalo.
Likewise, the most annoying, provincial, arrogant hangers-on to any ideology are the ones that came to it with the most personal sturm und drang.
There’ a former conservative blogger who, along with some other personal changes, flipped their politics a while ago. They’ve written a few angst soaked social media posts theatrically apologizing for and renouncing having ever been a conservative, much less an outspoken one.
Which I found a little insulting and a lot depressing. I mean, I grew up liberal, to the extent that I didn’t tell anyone that I’d voted for Reagan (in the middle of one of the most Republican states in the Union, mind you) – but consider the things I learned as a larval prorgressive key to my development. I’ve never apologized for having once written a party platform at a mock government that’d send a tingle up Bernie Sanders’ leg – although some have thought I should (and have been told to go pound sand, albeit in a good-natured kind of way).
So be what you want to be. Go with God. It’s a free country. So far.
Which is why the ever-more-constipated-sounding virtue signaling of Max Boot, once one of the best foreign policy writers out there, has been such a buzzkill. He’s changed his alignment…
…well, no. He’s let his never-Trumpism define his politics, which were always “Eisenhower Republican”; think New Dealers who opposed communism.
His departure from the GOP (OK, its departure from him) is kind of cloying and annoying.
His swerve into virtue-blasting, on the other hand, is a sign he’s over as a significant public thinker.