Professor Bainbridge says he owes Bruce Bartlett an apology. Maybe so.
I still don't agree with some of Bartlett's current view on economics, which still strike me as "the sort of Keynesian economics he one would have found anathema." Likewise, I still don't agree with his decision to vote for Obama.
But he is clearly right that there has been "a closing of the conservative mind. Rigid conformity is being enforced, no dissent is allowed, and the conservative brain will slowly shrivel into dementia if it hasn't already."
My curiosity piqued, I went looking for the hate-filled comments. This was the only one I could find:
@ Sporklift Driver: What happened to me? I got pissed off. The party I have supported and the movement of which I have been a part for decades has been taken over by a bunch of people who are either lightweights (Palin and O'Donnell), ranters (Riehl and Levin), warmongers (all the neo cons), not to mention outright bigots (like Tancredo before he went independent). The GOP in which I grew up was full of smart guys like Jack Kent, Newt Gingrich, Steve Forbes, Howard Baker, Jim Baker, and, yes, Ronald Reagan.
Speaking of Ronald Reagan, one of his great lines was that 1980 debate when he said "I paid for this microphone." Well, I pay for this one, and I'm giving myself the last word.
Posted by: Stephen Bainbridge | 11/11/2010 at 10:55 AM
My emphasis above.