Posted on | February 2, 2010 | 24 Comments
Buckley might limit himself to the two most famous words of Rahm Emanuel, but the Media Matters mouthpiece blathers on for more than 1,200 words, playing the familiar (and dishonest) liberal trick of invoking dead conservatives to disparage living conservatives. This reminds me of something that Buckley once said to a liberal contemporary.
“Now listen, you queer, you stop calling me a crypto-Nazi or I’ll sock you in the goddamn face and you’ll stay plastered.”
— Bill Buckley to Gore Vidal, Aug. 28, 1968
The insistence of the Left that conservatives today are not truly conservatives, but rather are “pseudo-conservatives” — i.e., that conservatism has been infiltrated and hijacked by dangerous extremists — is a smear that originated with Marxist sociologist Theodor Adorno and was elaborated by Richard Hofstadter. (See my article “Political Psychosis,” which quotes Buckley’s brilliant evisceration of the Adorno-Hofstadter thesis.)
We ought to call such accusations what they are: Propaganda, intended to deligitimize and marginalize opposition to the Left’s agenda. Boehlert may mislead fools (hello, Charles Johnson) but he doesn’t deceive anyone who has studied history. Buckley was himself smeared by such tactics, as were Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan and pretty much anyone else who ever dared stand up to the Left.
The specific target of Boehlert’s screed is James O’Keefe, whose Louisiana exploits have resulted in federal prosecution. Andrew Breitbart has defended O’Keefe against the various distorted accounts that have appeared in the media. Hannah Giles is also standing up for O’Keefe, as is Ben Stein. Whatever the outcome of O’Keefe’s legal situation, nothing the Left says is going to cause conservatives to throw O’Keefe under the bus, yet people like Eric Boehlert, Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann keep yammering on as if their comments made any difference.
The same establishment media who studiously ignored John Edwards’ sex scandal as long as they could and the same leftist hacks who argued for Bill Clinton’s constitutional right to sodomize interns in the Oval Office now take it upon themselves to tell conservatives we ought to be scandalized because O’Keefe tried a hidden-camera stunt in a senator’s office.
Two words, Boehlert.