Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Victory
September 19, 2010 1 Comment
One of the more interesting aspects of being a relatively mainstream conservative on Twitter is the frequent sense that one is poised between two camps of nutters.
Our nutter friends to the Left, of course, begin and end every interaction with an attack–not on on the merits of ones argument, but on ones basic character. As Dennis Prager has wisely noted, “Hatred of conservatives is so much part of the left that the day the left stops hating conservatives will mark the beginning of the end of the left as we know it.”
The fact that conservatives are seen as inherently evil is a core Leftist tenet that would be hard to overstate. Been there, done that.
And on the other side, we have the right-wing purist nutters, for lack of a better term. You know, the “pox on both their houses” folks who frequently have a lemming-like obsession with birth certificates and suchlike, and seem to have an OCD-like fondness for the acronym RINO (which is eerily similar to the Left’s chronic use of the word “racist” to describe anyone to the right of Howard Dean) to describe…well, to describe non-nutters.
The right-wing purist nutters seem to think that the backlash against Obama and the Dems means that the essential center-right character of the American people–you know, the very thing that got Obama into the White House via gullible voters who bought his seemingly conciliatory, post-partisan nonsense–has suddenly vanished.
No, it’s just a course correction, to center-right. The pendulum has not swung to the purist nutter right-wing, and it never will. Y’all are outliers.
Because I am a conservative (albeit more conservative than the mean), I am realistic.
Because I am a conservative, I do not have the time or the luxury to entertain fevered little fantasies (ala the Left) of a perfect world that does not exist and never will.
Because I am a conservative (and a former Leftist at that), I see the right-wing purist nutters for what they are: people who talk a conservative game, but beneath the veneer they share far more in common with the Left than with conservative rationality and realism. They revert to ad hominem with the same eager, aggressive and aggrieved reflexiveness as the Left.
(And to take a page from Greg Gutfield….)
And if you disagree, you are a RINO sell-out troll drugged-out hippie waste of human space.