In his blog entry below on Joseph Farah. Ann Coulter, libertarianism, and homosexual issues, my friend Stacy goes too far when he writes that Crunchy Con advocate Rod Dreher is “an idiot.” I certainly don’t agree with a lot of Dreher’s writings. But the man is clearly a smart guy, a sincere guy, and a very nice guy. Unlike other prominent would-be conservatives such as Michael Gerson and David Brooks, Dreher doesn’t stoop to personal insults or to invective against those more conservative than he. Unless I have missed something, he is unfailingly polite, and always thoughtful. I therefore heartily object to Stacy calling him an “idiot.” Stacy’s point can be made, and should be made, without insulting Dreher. Moreover, the shot at Dreher was utterly gratuitous, as Dreher has nothing to do with the new dispute about which Stacy writes. Conservatives are better than that. Conservatives should not stoop to gratuitous insults. Stacy is better than that. I wish Stacy would return and edit out that remark — and then edit out this comment of mine as well, since it will no longer be needed.