We have a first. Ross Douthat:
Some conservatives told themselves that Fox and Drudge and Breitbart were just the evolving right-of-center alternative to the liberal mainstream media, when in reality they were more fact-averse and irresponsible. Others (myself included) told ourselves that this irresponsibility could be mitigated by effective statesmanship, when in reality political conservatism’s leaders — including high-minded figures like Paul Ryan — turned out to have no strategy save self-preservation.
I hereby retract my criticism of Douthat for his persistence in evading at least some responsibility for the ungodly horrors that are movement conservatism, although his recently added touch was a nicely admirable one indeed: blame Clinton.
And so I applaud Mr. Douthat's introspection, which, unfortunately, he then clouded by referring (genuinely, I assume) to Paul Ryan as a "high-minded figure." If ever there was a fact-averse, irresponsible policymaker, that would be the magically asterisked Speaker of the House.