Jeff Lord has unleashed his usual barrage of single-sentence (and sometimes single-fragment) paragraphs on Commentary‘s Pete Wehner. Jeff heavy-handedly suggests that Wehner is some sort of squish because he and Jeff disagree about the efficacy of the recent government shutdown:
Clear to every sentient conservative is that Ted Cruz drew a Reaganesque line in the sand that made clear to Americans Obamacare was a looming disaster and everything possible should be done to stop it in its tracks.
Hold on a moment while I turn off my mixed metaphor alarm…. There. (Seriously though: can a line in the sand stop a looming disaster in its tracks? I can’t quite picture it.) Anyway, Jeff’s case is almost risibly overstated. Plenty of conservative writers think that the shutdown was, net-net, a Bad Thing: I’m one of them. Another is Dan McCarthy, editor of the American Conservative, who wrote about the issue for us. Ditto Rich Lowry, Ramesh Ponnuru, George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Jim Antle, Ross Douthat, Rod Dreher. Rand Paul, who looks increasingly like the frontrunner for the Republican nomination in 2016, has laughed off the shutdown as a “dumb idea.” And even Jeff’s hero Donald Trump has called it a “mess.”
Are these folks not “sentient” or not “conservative”? Both? Perhaps Jeff will let us know.