more on Kaus
Conor Friedersdorf and Erik are joing Daniel Larison in pushing back strongly against me in the comments of my previous post. Like I said in the update, I must concede to them that Kaus should be capable of calling himself whatever he chooses. (You might actually want to read something I wrote here.) I remain in stauch disagreement with them about the value of his commentary and what, exactly, his purpose is. I was going through his blog and finding dozens and dozens of posts expressing what I consider simple contempt for liberals; I can find almost none expressing the same feelings towards conservatives. I’m talking a ratio of, I don’t know, 40 to 1? What lessons am I to draw from that?
I was going to do a post just of these kind of liberal-bashing posts of Kaus’s, but I don’t know how constructive that will be. (If goaded in comments, though, you can bet I’ll let fly.) Let me just post this one for everyone to see. You can judge it as you see fit. But understand that this is absolute boilerplate, standard Mickey Kaus. It stands out only for being typical.
Welfare is a liberal sore spot that, if Republicans play it right, could become a bleeding open wound for the administration. Voters probably thought they’d settled the dole-vs.-work issue back in 1996. Obama will be fulfilling the crude GOP stereotype of his party if he even waffles on reopening it.
And there’s something fallacious (i.e. circular) about a liberal Dem citing MSM coverage as if the New York Times was an infallible oracle of the people, as opposed to an infallible oracle of liberal Dems. This is what you see when you look up “cocooning” in the dictionary! …
What Conor does not understand, and can’t understand, is what it is like to come of age into a movement that is filled with people telling you that you are wrong to be one of them, that there is something dirty about your beliefs, that the appropriate state of mind for your ideology is shame and the appopriate political stance, capitulation or retreat. Whatever is true of the conservative movement that Conor has grown up into, it is a movement that is proud of itself and its positions. That was not true for a long, long time of liberalism, and there is still work to be done. My conservative friends are fond of saying that liberals don’t know what it’s like to be on the other side; I think this is a condition that afflicts conservatives as well.
No more capitulation. No more surrender.