Nikki Haley’s self-righteous declaration that young conservatives should not try to “own the libs” boils down to the foolish notion that we should not actively try to defeat our political opponents because we need to take the moral high ground and focus on losing with dignity.
It should go without saying that Haley’s view constitutes intellectual laziness, a misplaced sense of morality, and rhetorical dishonesty. It has all the makings of a bad idea.
But the U.N. ambassador is not alone in thinking so. This is one bad idea that is spreading like a virus through the neoconservative establishment and its diminutive (but loud) following among the generation coming of age.
From Bad to Worse
After Haley made her absurd statement last month at a Turning Point USA summit for high school students, the message resurfaced at the 40th Annual National Conservative Student Conference, hosted by Young America’s Foundation. The event in past years has featured a plethora of right-wing voices, ranging from anti-Trumpers such as Jonah Goldberg and David French to vehemently pro-Trump voices like Newt Gingrich and Nigel Farage.
One of this year’s headliners was U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). In his speech, Rubio hopped right on Nikki Haley’s train of thought to nowhere.
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