That is an essentially amoral posture when one takes it on a consistent basis.
For this reason, I have generally ignored Whittle, Morrissey, and Powerline.
But, because these guys are so consistently afraid to say something "outlandish", I do think they are a good barometer for knowing when things have gotten completely out of control.
If Whittle is saying this - a position Midnight Rider, Always on Watch, and I have been taking for several years here at IBA - then we pretty much know we are right.
IBA specializes in forming opinions on situations that are arising out on the horizons of the world. Whittle specializes in taking positions which have already become patently obvious.
Now, it may be true that we will never get the standard moderate Liberal to admit the truth of what Whittle says here, it really doesn't matter. If Whittle is saying something like this, it is soon to become an accepted Conservative truism.