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Thursday, June 19, 2003
It's occured to me several times that James Lileks could only be called a conservative in Minnesota (or Vermont, Illinois, Michigan...). Let's look at his positions on several issues:
1. He has made fun of Rick Santorum and has indicated support for the decriminalization of sodomy
2. He's noted that he's become uncomfortable with the death penalty in many cases.

A similar thing occurs with Andrew Sullivan:
1. He's gay
2. He's grudgingly pro-RU-486 and describes himself somewhere between "pro-life" and "pro-choice"

Sure, these men are both "conservative" when it comes to the military and fiscal issues. But if either of these men moved to East Tennessee, I'd bet that they'd look at the Republican candidates for ninety percent of the offices and shudder.

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