Manhattan Institute Takes a Dive

I’d sort of expected the free-speech conservatives over at the Manhattan Institute to appreciate how the logic of Steve Minarik’s attack on the Drum Major Institute threatens them.

Minarik’s underlying point is that think tanks are arms of political campaigns, or movements, and thus should be regulated. And the conservative think tank’s motto is “turning ideas into influence;” that sounds indictable by Minarik’s argument.

But partisan loyalties seem to be trumping ideological consistency in this case:

“We don’t want to comment on what the Drum Major Institute is doing,” was all the Manhattan Institute’s spokeswoman, MacKenzie Chambers, would say on this one.