George Weigel has a piece on First Things today about Thomas Merton titled Among the 'Progressed' in which he says:
I’ve often had the sneaking suspicion that, had he lived beyond his untimely death in 1968, Merton might—just might—have become one of the first Catholic neoconservatives.
As I say in a comment on the site, one ought to have enough respect for the memory of Thomas Merton to refrain from using him to attempt to promote neoconservatism. That Merton would have become one of the first Catholic neoconservatives had he lived is pure fantasy. If there is an alternate universe in which an alternate Thomas Merton is alive and well at the age of 97, an alternate George Weigel is free to try to recruit him as a neoconservative, a Republican, a Tea Party member, or whatever he chooses. But in this universe, Merton is long dead, and no matter how much wishful thinking anyone engages in, Merton cannot posthumously become a neoconservative.