Charlie Sykes is an experienced conservative commentator and radio talk-show host. In his book ("How the Right Lost Its Mind") and in this conversation, he warns those of us who are on the right of center that, whatever you think about President Donald Trump, we're running a very serious idea deficit.
The long tradition of thinking conservatism is being displaced much too often by a lot of unmoored populism, nationalist identity, and grievance politics. That isn't just bad for Republicans -- it's bad for the country and for our future.
In this conversation, we dig into some of his sharp words for the right ("Buckley understood that conservatism would never be viable as long as it was associated in the public mind with crackpotism"), his plea for a revival of conservative ideas (going far beyond "burn it all down"), and a warning for people across the political spectrum ("If everything [...] depends on tribal victory, then nothing else really matters").