Leave aside the fact I don’t agree with Boot’s history of conservatism, nor am I inclined to outsource my judgment to his given how his emotions so clearly are in the driver’s seat. Nor am I moved by his constant conflation of the GOP with intellectual conservatism. It is the second part of my problem with Boot’s approach that bothers me the most. He is constantly boasting about his virtue while often claiming anyone who still holds the conservative positions he once did must be doing so in bad faith or be suffering from ideological indoctrination of the sort he suffered from. In fairness, he will sometimes check himself with a “to be sure” qualification about how there are a handful of “good conservatives” out there, but they are always the exceptions to the rule.