Conservatism's blonde moment

Standards of discourse exist for good reasons. They are not only matters of individual honor and personal morality, but have a practical purpose. Once the standards go, and any and all tactics are allowed, the argument is automatically won by whoever has the biggest mouth, whoever adapts the sleaziest tactics, or whoever comes up with the nastiest insults.


Most people understand that if you violate the standards, you open a door, and you have to accept anything that comes through. So you don't throw mud, out of the simple practical fear that your target may turn out to own a bulldozer.


Commentators in the legacy media have, of course, violated that precept for years, in the ingrained belief that their network or paper owns all the bulldozers in existence. (As for the accuracy of that conviction, ask the staff of the New York Times as the sheriff shows up to repossess their desks and PCs.)


But most conservative commentators kept the standards up, partially out of habit, partially out of conviction. With a few notable exceptions, conservative pundits made up the rear guard on the ramparts of civility.

But that's all over -- and it's all Sarah Palin's fault
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In dealing with Palin, a large portion of the conservative commentariat has descended to the same level as media liberals, with all the trimmings -- a gutter mentality, cheap cynicism, an easy way with the facts. The latest example comes from the dependable Kathleen Parker.

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It so happens that virtually all the conservative women who have turned on Palin share one feature. They are one particular type of female. They are blondes. {ROFL!!!! :D:D}

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The argument concerning Palin contains nothing at all of substance. No serious political considerations, no discussion of her undeniable skills, her political history, her appeal to the public. We're all supposed to judge her on one thing: her performance in the interview by Katy Couric -- another blonde.


While Palin rallies crowds of thousands, nearly singlehandedly turns around the GOP campaign, overcomes the stupid and near-fatal misjudgments of her Republican advisors (hair color unknown), all that we hear is a whisper from the direction of the lockers: "It's all about sex, you know."


This has gone on too long without anyone pointing out how asinine it is.

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Let's make it clear: one Sarah Palin, with her abilities, her personality, and her potential, is worth any random bucketful of pundits, male or female, conservative or RINO, blonde or otherwise. It's not as if we've got a vast supply of politicians capable of moving a crowd.


The world does not rotate around conservative pundits any more than it does the editorial page of the New York Times. Victory or defeat, we're going to have a nice little set-to after the election concerning the future course of conservatism, and like it or not, that will be one of the basic premises.


If there's anything embarrassing to conservatism in this campaign, it ain't coming from Sarah Palin.
If there's anything embarrassing to conservatism in this campaign, it ain't coming from Sarah Palin. :D