Debating Conservatism

If you need a break from Foleygate, and missed an earlier link to the debate between David Brooks and me about the meaning and future of conservatism, then here's a link to a video of the event yesterday at Cato, an audio version and an iTunes-friendly podcast. A mutual friend imagined the exchange as follows:

AS: Oakeshott!
DB: Tocqueville!
AS: Waterboarding!
DB: Waterskiing!
AS: Provincetown!
DB: Lattetown!
AS: Gay!
DB: You don't say!

Or something like that. As the Congressional Republicans form a circular firing squad, the debate about how corrupt conservatism has become is not exactly off-topic. You can read my essay about faith beyond fundamentalism here.