January 23, 2008

Pundit Critic Quote of the Day

A letter writer to Andrew Sullivan, very accurately characterizing NRO pundits Katrina Jean Lopez and Mark Levin:

Here's the deal: Lopez and Levin have three basic posts: (1) "A True Conservative believes X," (2) "A True Conservative does not believe Y," and (3) "Mr. [or Gov. or Sen.] Z is not a True Conservative because he does not believe X, or he does believe Y." Of course, this is an easy way to make a living, but not very original or thoughtful.

Let's try it out: A True Conservative believes "in waterboarding."

Sen. McCain is not a True Conservative because he does not believe "in waterboarding." (OK, I cheated. I've read your blog.) But you get the point, because there's really so little to get. There are no candidates who approach what Lopez and Levin want, and no President could ever govern that way (see, e.g., Reagan). But they love the talk. Lopez and Levin want a small-tent Republican party: no libertarians, no moderates, no compassionate conservatives, no McCain, no Huckabee, no Rudy, no ideas of recent vintage. And no discussion! We're talking to you Brooks, and to you too, Kristol. Shape up or ship out.

Note: Lopez has one other basic post, the kind you linked to today. "President Bush completes me because today he said [or did] X." Thus, President Bush completes me because today he "was giddy around nuns."

Posted by Stephen Silver at January 23, 2008 05:20 PM

Levin's radio show is quite possibly the worst I have ever heard. At least Michael Savage's voice isn't as grating.

Posted by: Tainted Bill at January 24, 2008 08:01 AM
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