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The 10 Best Conservative
Columnists of 2013

PJ Media, by David Swindle

Original Article

Posted By:Judy W., 12/27/2013 7:12:33 AM

What is the future of conservatism? Which voices should define the priorities of the movement in the coming decades? Who are its most skilled proponents today? How should the movement evolve to face the threats most endangering America? This list is my effort to advocate for both my favorite writers contributing to answering these questions and the ideas they champion. 5 quick ground rules first: - I’m being strict with the “columnist” title – no bloggers, journalists, or feature writers. A “columnist” is one who writes a 700-1400+ word polemical article on a regular basis for an established publication or syndication. - I’m likewise

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This is a fantastic piece. It´s very long, as he discusses each of the columnists (all of whom I like) and excerpts their columns at length. I ended up reading far more of it than I thought I would.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: revdeppisch316, 12/27/2013 7:49:46 AM     (No. 9669247)

Rich Lowry can move off the list-- Steyn should be closer to the top--and where is Krauthammer?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 12/27/2013 7:58:25 AM     (No. 9669264)

this is a BIG BIG BIG piece. I´m just leaving it up on an open tab to revisit thru the day. Too much to eat in one sitting...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: tisHimself, 12/27/2013 8:02:11 AM     (No. 9669269)

I would offer James Wigderson of the Waukesha Freeman as a conservative columnist who merits greater readership.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: M2, 12/27/2013 8:29:11 AM     (No. 9669299)

Recommend for MUST READ status!

While long, it´s sensational. I´m delighted that Jonah made the list, as well as Prager, Shapiro, Pipes and Steyn. The others are good, too. Sowell is a given.

This article is a veritable feast of "sound bites" for fine conservative writing.

While I do have a few theological bones to pick with Mr. Swindle about Ben Shapiro´s theology and in fact, Swindle´s own, this article ranks right up there with Clarice´s best work. It´s highly detailed and researched and in itself deserves special mention.

MUST READ!!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pensom2, 12/27/2013 9:24:21 AM     (No. 9669362)

If you have nothing else to do today, read this. It´s virtually interminable. Most conservatives prefer to make up their own minds on these matters, and the results differ from one day--and issue--to the next.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: horacer, 12/27/2013 9:38:22 AM     (No. 9669380)

Thank you for posting! I had to read between chores but it was worth it. Especially enjoyed rereading highlights of some of the years best columns. A barbarian with an electronic device is still a barbarian. Love it. I like em all too.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 12/27/2013 9:59:16 AM     (No. 9669410)

I like the list, not necessarily the order. I noticed a few LDot favorites missing, notably Clarice Feldman, but I´ve never thought much of her anyway, never understood the fascination with her.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: john56, 12/27/2013 10:02:04 AM     (No. 9669416)

Steyn should be at the top of the list.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: msjena, 12/27/2013 1:45:29 PM     (No. 9669810)

I didn´t know Douthat wrote about Breaking Bad! I thought I had read everything about that show. Thanks for posting! (Not sure about Ann being number one. But she definitely belongs on the list).

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Reply 10 - Posted by: nvr4get911, 12/27/2013 1:47:57 PM     (No. 9669816)

Missing Clarice Feldman for sure and Alicia Colon would be on there if the New York Sun hadn´t died

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Reply 11 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 12/27/2013 2:49:51 PM     (No. 9669902)

What´s really encouraging is how young many of the top 10 are.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: JoniTx, 12/27/2013 3:34:41 PM     (No. 9669941)

Great column! Agree, should be a must read.

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