It’s wonderful how broadminded some on the American right are getting, intellectually speaking. Take Jonah Goldberg, editor of National Review Online, and author of Liberal Fascism, a book which uses the “f” word to characterise, among other people and things, Hillary Clinton, Obama’s mid 2008 call for “party unity”, and the Whole Foods supermarket chain — the whole thing a kinda Goldberg standard for measuring the intellectual decline of American conservatism.

In a recent post on online madhouse The Corner he notes: “Has there been anti-Semitism on the political right? Of course.” Was it dominant there? That “is a complex argument” to which there is no easy answer. Amazingly generous, until you realise that the topic in question is Germany in the 1930s. Still, baby steps, baby steps.