Sunday, March 04, 2007

Sullivan on Coulter

Sullivan gets it right:
When you see [Ann Coulter calling John Edwards a "faggot"] in such a context [at the Conservative Political Action Conference], you realize that she truly represents the heart and soul of contemporary conservative activism, especially among the young. The standing ovation for Romney was nothing like the eruption of enthusiasm that greeted her. One young conservative male told her he was single and asked for her cell-phone number. Other young Republicans were almost overwhelmed in her presence. "When are you going to get your own show?" one asked, tremulously. Then there's her insistence on Christianism as the central message for Republicans: "There are more people voting on Christian moral values than on tax cuts." This from an unmarried woman who wears dresses that are close to bikinis on the morning news. Hey, it's Democrats who are Godless. [emphasis added]
and then loses his nerve an hour later:
The most painful thing for me was the sight of so many young people growing up believing that this is conservatism.

Conservatism is as conservatism does. Sullivan was right the first time: Ann Coulter really is the heart and soul of conservatism; her only sin is being too blatant about what the base of the conservative movement really believes.

There's a reason people such as Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Reynolds, Charles Edwards Johnson, not to mention George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzales, etc. ad nauseam have chosen the conservative movement as the venue for their vitriol and outright evil. (And don't even start with me about how liberals are "just as bad." That's arrant bullshit and you know it.)

There comes a time when one has to say, "I approve of justice for the working class, but the slaughter of tens of millions makes it impossible to call myself a 'communist'." There comes a time when one has to say, "I'm all for spirituality, but the Inquisition, the Crusades, the persistent and present-day misogyny and homophobia makes it impossible for me to call myself a Catholic." Were it not for Godwin's law, I might provide additional examples.

There is no more room for principled and dissenting political Conservatism than there is for principled and dissenting political Communism. Andrew Sullivan is entitled to hold and express his views, but to label them "conservative" is to place himself in the same box as Coulter.


  1. Were it not for Godwin's law, I might provide additional examples.

    Way to invoke Godwin's law without invoking it. =]

  2. Petite moi?

    Frankly, given the nature of both the rhetoric, the movement and its instantiation in the Bush Administration, Godwin's forbidden comparison does not seem entirely inapt.

  3. No it doesn't, but only Jonah Goldberg is allowed to use "Nazi" analogies.

    Personally, I think my friend Josh had the best idea: Everytime a conservative complains about "poltical correctness," I'm going to say, "Yeah, you can't even call Ann Coulter a 'fascist cunt' anymore!"


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