nor am I a conservative apologist, but I'm fed up with centrist criticism of conservatism, because the critics never state what they are for, only that they are against the conservative base. This two part critique of conservatism -- here -- goes on and on about the closed-minded, ideological stance of conservatism as opposed to the Ancient Greek-like period of the Reagan days, and yet provides as proof a few comments at his blog which castigated him for using the words of a liberal to prove his point, and the fact that RedState banned the Culture11 link.
Not anywhere in the two posts does Rick Moran state any idea from the center to show superiority to base conservative ideas except that people like him believe in the idea of being open to all ideas. But, this doesn't prove that the conservative base is opposed to new ideas, only that they believe their ideas to be better. Perhaps Moran should have shown better ideas in order to persuade them of a better way and the need to be open to this way. I'm just saying.