MINOT, N.D. — Something fishy is afoot in North Dakota’s U.S. Senate race, and you voters ought to be aware of it.
State Rep. Rick Becker, who is pursuing a vigorous challenge in North Dakota’s Republican U.S. Senate primary to incumbent John Hoeven, has been touting, ad nauseum, a strong rating his legislative record has received from a group called the American Conservative Union.
They’re the ones behind the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, which at one time was an important gathering of conservative activists from around the country but, in recent years, has devolved into an exercise in Trumpian idolatry.
Conservatism used to be organized around ideas. Now it’s organized around the adulation of a man, which is pathetic, but let’s get back to the topic at hand.