The notion that he was ever a moderate was always lunacy, but he fooled a lot of the rubes, like Warren Buffett and David Brooks (not to mention Christopher Buckley, Peggy Noonan, et al) over the past five years.
[Update a while later]
Bad link, sorry.
For those who wonder why I occasionally have bad links, what happens is that I highlight the new link, but forget to ctrl-C, so the previous post’s link gets pasted, and I don’t notice.
If you want to attribute it to a senior moment, have at it.