Judge Richard Posner, a conservative on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, has long been one of the nation's most respected and admired legal thinkers on the right. But in an interview with NPR, he expressed exasperation at the modern Republican Party, and confessed that he has become "less conservative" as a result.
expressed admiration for President Ronald Reagan and the economist
Milton Friedman, two pillars of conservatism. But over the past 10
years, Posner said, "there's been a real deterioration in conservative
thinking. And that has to lead people to re-examine and modify their
"I've become less conservative since the Republican Party started becoming goofy," he said.