Thomas Frank ripped conservatives a well-deserved new orifice today with his editorial (“Conservatives and their Carnival of Fraud”) in the Wall Street Journal (yes, in the sycophantically right-wing WSJ!). The gist of the editorial is that in their reckless pursuit of “small government” conservatives have outsourced to the private sector core functions of government (e.g., war, military intelligence, to name just a few) and drained our national treasure into the pockets of the likes of KBR, Blackwater and other predatory contractors. Frank calls for a new “Grace Commission” to examine the “sordid history of privatization in all its details”. Indeed, a worthy first-week initiative for President Obama. If only conservatives had thought to outsource their Commander in Chief to a competent, even if corrupt, operative, we might not be in the historic mess this administration has created.