Conservative Krauthammer remembers his liberal youth; then he was ‘mugged by reality’

Apparently, there is a cure for liberalism. It’s called reality.

Political pundit Charles Krauthammer knows that firsthand. He told Fox News’ “Media Buzz” host Sunday that he switched from Democrat to conservative after getting “mugged by reality.”

Krauthammer said he identified as a liberal while writing for the lefty magazine, “The New Republic.”

“I think it’s become less relevant,” he said of the magazine. “When I happened to be there, in the 1980s, as you well remember, that was their heyday. And in part, it was because we had this eclectic mix. It was, in essence, a liberal magazine. I was more liberal than I certainly am now.”

“Media Buzz” host Howard Kurtz asked Krauthammer if he considers himself a recovering Democrat.

“I was getting mugged by reality,” he said. “It was a slow-motion mug, and I came out of it intact and a conservative a decade later. But the foreign policy, I did most of the writing on that, and I was always conservative on that.”

Democrats weren’t always as liberal as they are today, Krauthammer pointed out.

“People don’t remember that, in the 1970s, there was a strong conservative wing of the Democratic Party. Pat Moynahan, Hubert Humphrey, Scoop Jackson,” he said. “Joe Lieberman is the last of those Mohicans, and obviously, he had no home in the end.”

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