Charles Krauthammer was the quintessential neoconservative. As the scholar of American conservatism, Paul Gottfried, puts it, Mr. Krauthammer “worked to reconstruct the American Right as an extension of the Left.”
It’s rather telling, then, that a former leftist, who was hardly distinguished by his hard-right positions, has come to define the American Right.
Inadvertently (or not), Rich Lowry brought the conservative canonization of Mr. Krauthammer somewhat under control by comparing him to William F. Buckley and Irving Kristol. (Although they seemed to have been far more prolific on the book-writing front and had taken tough positions on thorny issues.) But, mercifully, NOT TO intellectual giants like Russell Kirk and James Burnham.
Whether he meant to or not, Mr. Lowry provided a slightly more sobering reality check, although Lowry still sold Mr. Krauthammer’s philosophical predecessors short.
A consummate neoconservative, the late Charles Krauthammer, nevertheless, came to define American Conservatism.
.@RichLowry remembers longtime Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer: "He was one of the great defenders of our civilization and he represented what was best about it. And his voice will be missed and never replaced." #FoxNewsSunday pic.twitter.com/rf5D27NLF8
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'The political outlook of the late #CharlesKrauthammer remained mostly the same since he wrote for the [liberal] New Republic in the early 1980s.' It was to THAT that Krauthammer converted conservatism. https://t.co/4gm00TotnE
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