There are days when I tire of writing about politics — and wonder if I will ever address the topic again. I have been delighted that a number of conservative writers have been changing their mind about my man Rudy, coming to believe that the GOP may well nominate a social liberal who is conservative on the key issues. As Rich Hailey (via Instapundit) put it “Conservatism has never been dominated by the religious right the way liberals have always pictures them to be.”
And I’ve been delighted to note (as per Bruce’s post) how many conservative bloggers, pundits and politicians have criticized Ann Coulter for her lame attempt at humor. I have long been critical of Ms. Coulter, seeing her as more interestec in provoking controversy than in promoting conservative ideas. It’s too bad that too many on the left would rather use her comments as an occasion to bash conservatives than to acknowledge that most conservatives have condemned her remarks. And at least acknowledge that some conservatives don’t engage in such banter and do favor civil discourse.
It just seems that sometimes we get so caught up in politics that we refuse to acknowledge that our political adversaries aren’t the demons we imagine them to be — or wish they were (to make it easier to so demonize them).
We have so many means today to communicate, yet it seems that all too often have we use those means not to foster serious discussion, but instead to vent our frustrations. There are too many people like Ann Coulter out there — on both sides of the political aisle — eager to be outrageous just to get attention. It seems more a sign of loneliness than civil discourse.