It's long but worth reading. It also mirrors something that I've been thinking about for a while: I'm seeing a lot of comments from folks who say they're "real" conservatives; they're trying to distance themselves from the disasters of this administration. But the Wall St collapse and the increasing decrepitude of this country's infrastructure is a direct result of conservative/libertarian ideology. Deregulate. Privatize. Cut taxes.
And in those areas that the real-world practice of conservatism betrays the ideology, we have to acknowledge that those real-world practices are the child of the ideology. The unintended consequence.
For the same reason I could never be a Marxist (when has *that* ever turned out well?), I could never be a conservative.
Give Ms. Klein's speech a read, if you have the time.