Why Liberals Can't Govern

That's the lesson of the Blagejovich affair, right? (And the Rangel case, the William Jefferson scandal, and many more to come, no doubt ...) I mean, it seems like a pretty airtight generalization to me: Liberalism's ideological predisposition to expanding government power inevitably leads to gross corruption, which is why we should only trust conservatives, those flinty stewards of the common weal, to run our public institutions.

Right, Alan Wolfe? Right?

Ross Douthat is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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