Hilzoy is baffled by Jonah Goldberg:
I'd certainly love to know what part of my argument led Jonah Goldberg to think that I was actually saying anything about deference to experts, liberal or otherwise.
A word to Hilzoy: as anyone who has tried to read his book will testify, Jonah isn't that bright, alas. He's aware of the broad contours of conservative thought but he has learned them by rote. And so any specific attempt to apply them specifically to a changing world can befuddle him into incoherence, or, more often, snarky recitation of bromides. Think Palin with a college degree that isn't about being a sportscaster. Which makes him qualified for the Supreme Court in the current GOP, but not exactly a sparring partner to equal Hilzoy.