Sunday, October 31, 2010


Reading some stuff by Bruce Bartlett this morning, it occurred to me that there is an interesting array of these "conservatives" who have moved, in various ways out of the Republican loyalist tent (known in some circles as snake-in-the-grass traitors).  I'd count Bartlett as perhaps most notable among them; he first came on my radar as an opponent of the Bush II no-tax-and-spend agenda--a critique which cost him his job.  But how about

  • Jim Webb, Democratic Senator from Virginia and former Reagan Navy Secretary--although query whether he was ever a Reaganite so much as a conveniently situated maverick.
  • Bob Barr, former Georgia Congressman and libertarian party presidential candidate, last seen campaigning for Russ Feingold in Wisconsin in Feingold's apparently doomed reelection bid.  I used to think Barr was a batshit loony and I guess he is in the sense that he really does believe what he says he believes.
  • Clyde Prestowitz, who morphed from a Reagan trade negotiator into an Obama trade adviser.

I'm still not sure what to say about David Frum.  There must be others I'' not remembering.


Anonymous said...

marlow cook, once a jefferson county, kentucky, official, later a republican US senator from kentucky, announced against mccain last presidential election.

Ebenezer Scrooge said...

Clyde Prestowitz has always been an agitator against the Yellow Peril. The location of the Peril moved a few hundred miles southeast, but otherwise he's pretty consistent. Can't call him a turncoat.

Jim Leach might be a better example. Although he was always consistently sane.

Buce said...

I remembered Marlow--he and I spent a night together in the men's waiting room at the maternity ward. I left him off because he's not really active any more. Worthwhile point about Prestowitz--I wonder how many of these guys would say it is not they who have changed but the party around them.