I’m not sure that rants are a good way to sell novels, but I am sure that most political writers don’t come anywhere near as close to the truth as a good novelist. Why is that a surprise? Shouldn’t be. After all, every novelist I know pledges to himself to write the truth. Don’t personally know any political writers, but I wonder if that is their pledge. Based on what I read, I doubt it. Back to my original point. The new conservatism is an oxymoron. If it is respectful of conservative principles, it is not new. If it is new, it is not conservative. Yes, new 100 years ago may be conservative today, but that is just the point. A new conservative is just as phony as a new antique.