Rod Dreher

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Rob Dreher is an American religious conservative journalist. Formerly on the staff of National Review, he now is a columnist for the Dallas Morning News and a contributor to Beliefnet.

He has written about possible conflict of interest by U.S. Ambassadors to Saudi Arabia, who take Saudi-supportive positions, sometimes Saudi-funded, after their service. [1]

He has written a book, Crunchy Cons, which he describes as "about conservatives, most of them religious, whose faith and political convictions sometimes put them at odds with mainstream conservatives."[2]

He has been criticized for holding a position, according to Robert Stacy McCain in the conservative and deliberately provocative American Spectator, "Republicans are never going to succeed if they listen to those who tell them the reason they've been losing elections is that the GOP is too 'mean-spirited'...Chief among the choirboys of niceness is Rod Dreher, the former National Review staffer, Dallas Morning News columnist and BeliefNet blogger. In his 2006 book Crunchy Cons, Dreher accused the "conservative mainstream" of believing that "accumulating wealth and power is…the point of life," and further declared, 'The tragic flaw of Western economics is that it is based on exploiting and encouraging greed and envy.'" [3]

An early supporter of Sarah Palin, he was unimpressed with her autobiography ,and did not feel the book improved her political position: "The rap on Palin is that she's too shallow and inexperienced for the presidency — a conclusion that early Palin supporters like me came to during the 2008 campaign. Alas, for conservatives in search of a champion, there's nothing in Going Rogue to challenge that conclusion. It's like this: Palin spends seven pages dishing about her appearance on Saturday Night Live, but just over one page discussing her national security views."[4]