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Paul Weyrich passed away this morning. Here’s a blog post on his career from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Weyrich, who is from Racine in my home state of Wisconsin, was like many German Catholic of his age, making the transition from the their traditional home in the Democratic Party to the GOP but keeping his traitional conservatism. He also made the transition from lonely voice in Washington to being part of a new governing establishment. Regardless what we think of that establishment, you’ve got to start somewhere and you have to admire how far Weyrich and his contemporaries came when they first arrived in the nation’s capital. They were pretty low on the totem pol as you can get. But they also understood how to quickly rise and they did so.
It’s perhaps fitting that he passess away as one era closes and another begins.