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Ross Douthat
1. Okay, I have a couple of thoughts about this essay:
The election of 2016 will test whether virtù remains in the core of the American nation.
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Pee Wee Durden 8 Sep 16
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ok so we're doing this.
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Law and Liberty 8 Sep 16
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The Flight of Fancy Election
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Forfare Davis 8 Sep 16
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Paul Rosenzweig 8 Sep 16
Anyone who says that virtu suggests voting for a man who has none, doesn't understand virtu in the first instance
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Ross Douthat 8 Sep 16
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2. I enjoyed the Journal of American Greatness. I'm for Making Trumpism More Serious. It's just the Making Trump President part I oppose.
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Roy Abrams 8 Sep 16
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Let's Roll.
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Ross Douthat 8 Sep 16
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3. And one reason is suggested by the essay's very Straussian/Claremontian talk of virtu, thymos, the need for great daring in politics.
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Ross Douthat 8 Sep 16
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4. I don't know if I'm older than "Publius Decius Mus." But I'm old enough to remember similar arguments being deployed in:re: GWB and Iraq.
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Ross Douthat 8 Sep 16
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5. Indeed as a young Straussian-influenced blogger I probably made some of them myself. Up with spiritedness! Down with decadence!
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Nick Baumann 8 Sep 16
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Do they include the essay's disregard for strong chance Republicans will win Senate back in 2018 and White House in 2020?
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Ross Douthat 8 Sep 16
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6. I'm still against decadence. But how did Iraq and the Bush era work out for conservatism? What does Publius think about them now?
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The Anti-Gnostic 8 Sep 16
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It could only be Trump. Everyone else either compromised or too obscure.
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Ross Douthat 8 Sep 16
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7. A lesson I took from 2003-2008 is that a failed/unpopular president can do *far* more damage to his side than the rival party ever could.
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Ross Douthat 8 Sep 16
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8. (And also that you can't escape decadence just by doing something that *feels* world-historical without risking, you know, a debacle.)
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Aubryn's Farm 8 Sep 16
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More Serious, as in needing a stronger antibiotic?
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Ross Douthat 8 Sep 16
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9. There are no good reasons to think that Trump, right though he may be on some important issues, would be a successful president.
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Ross Douthat 8 Sep 16
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10. There *are* good reasons to think that he could blunder into worse disasters than George W. Bush.
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Elliott Lusztig 8 Sep 16
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Ross, this is your former Harvard Mansfield tutor Chad Noyes. Ignore these Straussians. They are abject frauds.
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Ross Douthat 8 Sep 16
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11. Also, you know, he's a corrupt buffoon.
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