The conservative case for the Democratic Party

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Talk to me about philosophy, morality, and the meaning of life, and you’re likely to conclude that I’m a conservative. Yet I’ve voted exclusively for Democrats since 2004 — and I’m convinced my conservative assumptions entail voting that way.

I said as much, in passing, in a column earlier this month, and that raised some eyebrows, with several conservative acquaintances on Twitter and at least one prominent Republican friend requesting a broader explanation. Why am I “situated on the center left” despite holding “assumptions about politics and life [that] are more often held by philosophical conservatives than modern liberals”?

The answer is complicated in its details but clear in its conclusions: There is nothing remotely conservative about the present-day Republican Party.

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