So Weigel was disrespectful to conservatives. What is a conservative? Apparently a conservative is someone who believes that Pat Buchanan’s professional Jew-baiting is not anti-Semitism, who admires Newt Gingrich as a shy and retiring statesman, and who is completely unfamiliar with the basic history of the Republican Party and the conservative movement. And a conservative is someone who believes that no one should say anything, even in private, that might hurt his or her conservative feelings.
How one would be respectful toward such a creature, I can’t really imagine. The Washington Post, however, sees that a vital mission. The “bigger loss,” remember, is the paper’s “standing with conservatives.”
That’s what’s just ridiculous to me. The Post has fired Dave Weigel. Their op-ed page includes such noted liberals as George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, Michael Gerson, and Mark Theissen. And they could hire 50 more people like that, and purge every liberal from the newsroom, and CONSERVATIVES WILL STILL CALL THEM LIBERAL AND HATE THEM. The Post’s editor-in-chief could be Ann Coulter, and the right would still call them part of the liberal media conspiracy. Ditto for the Philadelphia Inquirer (with columnists Rick Santorum, Kevin Ferris and John Yoo), and owned and published until recently by longtime GOP operative Brian Tierney.