http://www.tnr.com/blog/damon-linker/against-common-sense Conservatives would have us believe that they hold a monopoly on common sense. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill OâReilly, and many other right-wing rabble-rousers regularly portray themselves as defenders of the good, old-fashioned common sense of average Americans against an out-of-touch liberal elite. A growing cadre of ambitious politicians likewise aims to lead a crusade in the name of âcommonsense conservatism.â Glenn Beck has even gone so far as to publish a runaway bestseller that explicitly piggybacks on Thomas Paineâs Common Sense to argue against the danger of âout-of-control governmentâ and the forces of organized foolishness that would foist it on the American people. The unanimity is impressive. But it is also ridiculous. The fact is that the rightâs appeal to common sense is nonsense. Unfortunately, though, it is a form of nonsense with deep roots in the American past and a very long history of political potency.