One of the true pleasures of attending conferences like Right Online is talking with analytical thinkers like John Fund of the Wall Street Journal. John sat down with me today for a conversation that mainly focused on leadership, the Tea Party, and the actual power of the grassroots. The danger to the Tea Party will be in getting co-opted by the Republicans after an election, and avoiding honoring the commitments to activists to change business in Washington and end corruption.
In my speech, I said that the antidote to Carter malaise was the Reagan Revolution. But do we have a Reagan — and should we want one? John has some intriguing thoughts on this question, which leads into a very good point on the nature of political leadership and the pitfalls of personality politics.