Posted on | August 28, 2011 | 63 Comments
. . . having decided to side with Pamela Geller in her dispute with Ace over Rick Perry, I am nevertheless obliged to say Pamela struck a low blow in blogging about her allegation that Ace publicly referred to her (offline and in person) as “Atlas Juggs.”
Ace strenuously denies this.
In general, ladies: Don’t ever do that to a guy. And by “that,” I mean casually slinging accusations of sexual harassment. You can file a lawsuit or call the cops or have your boyfriend punch somebody in the nose, but whatever you do, don’t use such accusations as a weapon of personal revenge. I very much empathize with Ace’s indignation at having his character impugned. No argument over mere politics is worth that kind of bad mojo.
It’s bad enough to have my friends at war with one another. It’s worse when they make it personal. Nobody ever asks my advice about this stuff, and nobody ever listens to my advice when I volunteer it, so I cannot be blamed for anyone’s errors but my own.
As to the present unpleasantness, I blame Rick Perry.
Or maybe Grover Norquist.
UPDATE: But having said that . . . I talked to both Ace and Pamela about this fight, and don’t know what can be done to end it. The problem is that someone seems to have issued a Prime Directive: Destroy any conservative who criticizes Rick Perry.
I exaggerate only slightly. There is a lot of pressure being brought against Perry’s critics. The governor of Texas is being sold as All That and a Stack of Pancakes, and anyone who isn’t buying the product is automatically accused of disloyalty or bad judgment.
There have been only a comparative handful of people in the conservative blogosphere — Michelle Malkin’s name leads the list — who have criticized Perry, and you might think that Team Perry would be content to ignore the criticism. But they seem very defensive, and this defensiveness results in harsh attacks on Perry’s critics. I’m sure Malkin was understating matters when she said she’s “gotten heat for not falling in line with the latest GOP bandwagon.”
Judging by the blowback I’ve gotten, I know how viciously personal the attacks can be. Like I said: Nobody ever asks my advice, so it’s not my fault what other people do.
Question: Who’s working on Perry’s campaign? Who are his consultants and top operatives? Because somebody needs to tell them to back the hell off.
UPDATE II: Lisa Graas adds her two cents, offering as the solution to the problem — you guessed, didn’t you? — Rick Santorum. And in all fairness, if what you want in a GOP candidate is a tough stance against the Religion of Peace, Santorum’s worth a look.