If you want a succinct, carved-in-stone official conservative account of the late twentieth century in world history, here it is from Bill Kristol at the Weekly Standard blog:

And now the last of them is gone. Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, and Pope John Paul II—three who won the Cold War and, it isn’t too much to say, saved the West (at least for a while!)—are no longer with us. Their examples remain.

No “it could be argued” or “did more than any three other people” or “some might say” qualifiers here. If not for this Holy Trinity, it seems, we’d still be fighting (or might have lost!) the Cold War, and Western Civilization would be done.

Next time you wonder why conservatives seem so rigid and un-nuanced in their understanding of contemporary events, remember this token of historical dogma from the guy many Beltway folk consider to be the soul of reasonableness and moderation in today’s GOP.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.