“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master, that’s all.”
Milbank was taken to task by a reader who claimed that Lisa Murkowski was “the most liberal . . . Republican Senator west of Maine and considerably to the left of most of her constituents” and invited him to check her lifetime American Conservative Union rating . So, he took the reader up on the offer. While he was at it, he checked the ratings of Murkowski L (70.2%) and Bennett (83.6%) vs Republican leadership of years past.
Failing the Bennett test at under 83.6% were, well, almost all of the Republican leaders of the past 40 years who served in Congress.
So, what is a conservative?