On Helms, briefly

James summarizes things nicely, and the Schwenk follows suit. I shall leave the task of offering appropriate comments on Helms and his passing to these wiser gentlemen. Here, quickly, I just want to note that this line from today’s Washington Post troubles me, primarily because it’s true. It’s why I avoid the main-stream.

What his critics could not appreciate is that, by the time he left office, Jesse Helms had become a mainstream conservative. And it was not because Helms had moved toward the mainstream — it was because the mainstream moved toward him.