It’s not as if it’s impossible to be bright and liberal. I praised Christopher Hitchens, didn’t I? It’s just that liberalism draws a higher percentage of non-thinking conformists than conservatism. Liberalism is all about conformity; that’s because liberals are perceived as “cool,” and being “cool” is a conformist goal. For some sad reason, stupid, vacuous, selfish, immoral celebrities form our notions of what is and is not cool. If cool celebrities oppose the war and say they’re liberal, conformist twerps with pierced tongues and baggy pants hanging around their thighs will want to be liberal, too.