Channeling Pauline Kael, someone over at The Atlantic says movement conservatism — a “deeply unserious and corrupt political coalition” — is teetering at the precipice because he spoke to some other guy who says he no longer considers himself a conservative because he supported Obamacare.
While on this basis I tend to share the latter’s self-assessment, we’re to be very worried because you see that case-study is a natural recruit for conservatism being a married father who pays his bills and doesn’t think Washington should tell everyone what to do (a rather amusing hat tip and inadvertent swipe at the Left).
Maybe. Or maybe not, what with that little factor like supporting Obamacare. Unlike even liberal Oregon Senator and “aye” vote Ron Wyden — who by now has had a chance to read some of that bill and find out what’s in it.
This persuasive anecdote rises to the level of what my Danish in-laws would call a prut in a hurricane; you might have encountered in your lives other, rather different tales of average, apolitical citizens stirring to awareness and activism in outrage over the health care and other Obama Power Grabs.
But, hey, he knows a guy… Then comes the claim made in closing and without even such an anecdote to explain it, that it’s just so “strange” how “calling out” what the Left finds “the least acceptable” speech of Rush, Mark Levin and Glenn Beck is “so verbotten”.
No. It isn’t “verbotten”. That’s a bit like Tim Robbins carping at the Press Club that private citizens disagreeing with his moonbattery constitute a violation of his right to free speech. The words you were looking for were “so…MSNBC” and “so Air America”. Or “unmeasured, often unhinged and extremely tough for married fathers who pay their bills to watch or listen to especially if their kids are around and therefore unpopular”. I know because a guy told me…