The big debate in Washington this week is about realism versus idealism. It played out first in foreign policy, when Joe Biden hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a state dinner.
Biden has made big claims about how democratic ideals are at the heart of American foreign policy; but he spent two days lavishing time and attention on Modi, who is persecuting Muslims and cracking down on public dissent from reporters and political opponents.
Biden needs India to be an ally against China and that priority outweighed the instinct to shun Modi for his creeping authoritarianism.
We talk about this debate all the time when it comes to American foreign policy.
But sometimes that same debate becomes central to American domestic politics as well.
And across town, just as Modi was wrapping up his joint address to Congress, evangelical conservatives from across the country were gathering at the Washington Hilton to hear from their own flawed partner: Donald Trump.
Well, actually not just Trump — Mike Pence, Ron DeSantis, Tim Scott, Chris