My sustained attacks on Giuliani's foreign policy, particularly his plan to draft a global hodgepodge of Important Countries into NATO, have now been publicly echoed or endorsed by, count 'em, Ross Douthat, Matt Frost, Nick Gvosdev, Daniel Larison, and Matt Yglesias, to name a handful -- yet further evidence of that broad, bipartisan consensus everyone keeps pining for. News flash: it's not the reflexively interventionist and expansionist consensus that the Second Coming of Truman Committee so desperately desires. It's practical and prudent, and it has given Rudy Giuliani the booby prize by acclamation.
What's particularly stunning is that the Giuliani plan is neither the inevitable result of having neoconservative advisors nor the inevitable result of wanting a new treaty organization aimed at countering new threats that NATO could never have envisioned. It is simply clumsy, shortsighted, half-baked policy prescription. And it is beyond me how someone with a case to make that he's a strict constructionist domestically longs so forcefully to transform our most durable international alliance into a living constitution with guns.
But since blogs and the people who write them have such a decisive impact on elite politics in America, I know we've got nothing to worry about.