Read Bruce Bartlett’s account of how he was shunned by his tribe for daring to think for himself a little. He joins the likes of David Frum and Christopher Buckley in being ostracized (or was it self-deportation”?). While his account of Republican “epistemic closure” is a useful inside testimonial, what is perhaps more revealing is his honest admission that
“I’ve paid a heavy price, both personal and financial, for my evolution from comfortably within the Republican Party and conservative movement to a less than comfortable position somewhere on the center-left.”
The “financial” heavy price is a reminder of the extent to which the vaunted Republican intellectual establishment, from Heritage to Cato to AEI, is fully bought and paid for by right-wing interests with tests of fundamentalist purity, in a way that has absolutely no parallel on the center/liberal/left portions of the political spectrum.
h/t Brad DeLong