It’s actually been a matter of some amusement for us: you could tell who the lazy or just dumb reporters were from their habitual reference of this site as Redstate.org, which it hasn’t been for years. Apparently, the Washington Post has gotten around to updating their files, bless their hearts. A shame that Eugene Robinson didn’t then try to actually talk to a Republican before he wrote his column, although I admit that it would have been harder than sneering at the Republicans that live largely in his head.
Let’s unpack a typical paragraph:
Will loyal members inform on others for harboring suspiciously moderate views?
Will anyone judged guilty have to wear a sign saying “Republican In Name Only” as penance?
Will there be re-education camps?
Err, no. Also: cheapening to the memory of victims in the tens of millions.
Will deviationists face the Enhanced Interrogation Technique of being forced to listen to the wit and wisdom of Glenn Beck, at ear-splitting volume, for days on end?
Eugene Robinson’s thesis, such as it is, is to try to claim that Republican defeats on Tuesday night were due to conservative meddling while the more numerous Republican successes were due to the forces of moderation who must stand against us awful, awful Tea Partiers*. While it’s fun to watch a writer from the Washington Bob McDonnell’s Thesis Post try to claim that the GOP’s sweep of Virginia was done despite the best efforts of conservatives, it doesn’t excuse his sloppy thinking. Nor does it justify recasting principled conservative opposition to a candidate who wasn’t chosen in a primary, did not subscribe to basic conservative principles**, and who refused to show even the most basic loyalty to the Republican party in terms of being the first salvo in a GOP civil war.
I mean, I understand why he wants one. It’s the Democrats’ only hope right now.
*There’s also the usual Democratic obsession with former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin.
**Including the Don’t spend money that you don’t have, you idjits one.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.