Apropos my previous discussion with Gary Farber about Francis Fukuyama, and what attacks on the administration from the right liberals should embrace, comes details about Bruce Bartlett, author of Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy, which by all accounts is a devastating conservative critique of the present administration. Bartlett is a Liberty Fund/NCPA think-tanker, a career conservative with historical and economic training, and after he published his book, he was sacked. I can't get a bead, based on what I've read so far, if this is another Fukuyama-esque incident -- good evidence of the internal contradictions of Bush-ism, but not terribly attractive argumentation -- or if Bartlett is the kind of conservative (more classical liberal than really Reaganesque) who might contribute arguments we could use without choking on them.
Carnival Non sequitor: there's two more carnivals for highly specialized audiences, both ripe examples of the increasing specialization of the carnival movement and highly questionable contributions to world civilization: The 24 fanfest Carnival of Bauer and the anti-evolutionary Darwin is Dead roundup (Orac and Matt are on the case already; no word yet on anti-24 curmudgeons, but I'd be happy to hear from folks, just for balance). [On the other hand, the Kosher Cooking Carnival could be a sign of the approaching messianic age....]