No, he was part of the Journolist
...and? Can you not report on a movement without being a member?
And what's so terrible about being a labor lawyer?
I never liked the whole "enemy of my enemy is my friend" thing. I will admit though that when it comes to conservatives the AmCon crew strikes me as more reasonable, if only because they seem willing to question the larger contradictions in political conservatism for the sake of the philosophical/cultural form.
Jennifer Rubin? Sorry dude, I'd call her an extremist nutjob and hack. I still think it instructive that on WaPo's right-wing beat they effectively picked her to replace Dave Weigel (who appears to have been excommunicated from a movement he never actually was part of -- he wrote for Reason, ffs!).
Evolution of an individualist concept initially found by way of a certain religious belief to a point where it doesn't require that belief makes sense, really. Otherwise it'd have just remained the religious equivalent of talk of "the rights of Englishmen" from back then -- including an implication that non-Christians are void, or somehow less deserving of liberty.
Their view of Christianity was their path. It's not the only one.
Conservatism, as far as it even appears to be a coherent philosophy (generally there's correlation between extent to which it's associated with everyday politics and extent to which the term is more a grunt than an actual description), appears to me to turn this on its head. Their claim is that order -- in their conception, a very specifically defined order that happens to match their own preferences, more like enforced conformity -- is required for the liberty that classical liberalism seeks (or sought, you could say). It's an inherent contradiction though, as if you can't be other than what most are or challenge tradition then where exactly does the freedom part come in? It's like saying someone has a right to wear a hat, only to respond to them taking that hat off in public with contempt, if not outright violence. That's not a "right", that's a command.
BTW: would I be wrong to interpret something about the AmCon types largely rejecting exceptionalism kind of grinding your gears a bit?