Matthew Yglesias makes a good point. Conservative ideology includes the bedrock principle that “public sector undertaking is necessarily going to end up as poorly run as the worst DMV line in America.” Except, of course, where conservative ideology likes something even more than government bashing. Yglesias cites (in light of the tragedy in Japan) conservatives’ very certainty that government regulation can do the trick in keeping nuclear power plants safe. He also cites management of nuclear weapons and invasions of medium-sized foreign countries.