Conor Friedersdorf says Tea Partiers aren’t real constitutionalists. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the litmus. At Ricochet I submit that the right actually has two types of not-so-fake constitutionalists:
[Both] find their true political foundations outside the Document itself. Both understand the Constitution to be, at bottom, a means — to the end of Liberty for one, to the end of the Union for the other. Once we admit this, constitutionalism can actually be understood as it needs to be — as an attitude of prudential cooperation between the party of Union and the party of Liberty.
In short: we can have a knock-down, pie-throwing, meaningful argument over civil liberties policy without playing the truuuuue card.