"And the National Review is the intellectual center of the Republican Party these days, is it not? I mean, this is a former Assistant Secretary of State writing, after all..."
I'm afraid Mr. DeLong has revealed that he is certainly not a member of the Republican Party, nor even well acquainted with many such creatures. They are a rare sect, I know, but substantial sociological data about them has been gathered by journalists and scholars and this can be unearthed with a little digging.
Since I believe this assertion is made as part of a chain of inference inquiring about whether the contemporary Republican Party admires and subscribes to the tenets of Joseph McCarthy, perhaps the digging is needed...
My comment was supposed to be a gentle dissent from claims that out-and-out admirers of Joe McCarthy were rare and hard to find…
As to what the contemporary Republican Party admires... I wish I could say that people like ZZZ ZZZ were at the intellectual center of the Republican Party.
But I have had too many close encounters of the third kind with senior Republican leaders.