In the wee hours of the morning, Glenn linked a post penned er, pixeled by Peter Kirsanow which gets at two of the primary problems preventing Republicans and conservatives from making their case to the American people.
Kirsanow, in turns, links Jay Nordlinger’s column on the success of the left-of-center media Ã©lites in defining prominent Republicans and conservatives as laughingstocks (Palin), monsters (Cheney) or fools (Bush).Â The first problem Kirsanow identifies:Â a media determined to discredit our leaders.Â Note, for example how differently the MSM treat John McCain when he was a “maverick” Senator challenging his party’s leadership and when he was the party’s presidential nominee vying for the White House.
But, it’s Kirsanow’s second point which Glenn cites and which we can more easily address, that of confidence in our leaders and our ideas:
Think about the scores of times bright, honorable, self-sacrificing conservatives have been defamed by the Left with barely a peep of protest from Republicans in a position to command attention. It’s as if Republicans concede the premise that their friends and colleagues are demons and/or nitwits.
Many Republican politicians seem to begin the day apologizing for being Republicans. And they appear to have a perverse, desperate desire to befriend and seek favor from those who regularly malign conservatives.
You will not find finer men nor better public servants than Justice Thomas, Ken Starr, John Ashcroft â€” to name a few. Yet I’ve witnessed Republicans act as if they’re embarrassed to even know of them. Whether it’s a momentous slander or a series of invidious slights, too many weak-kneed, hand-wringing Republicans simply tolerate the abuse heaped on these good Americans. No surprise that the caricatures hold sway when those expected to protest remain silent.
Until Republicans start responding to each and every falsehood with vigor and conviction, the slanders will continue. That’s not good for Republicans, conservatives, or the country.
Exactly. We need respond to these falsehoods with vigor and conviction. And when we do, we’ll find, from time to time, that those on the left and in the MSM not consumed with partisan animosity may join us in defending our leaders and ideas. Just as Camille Paglia so regularly defends Sarah Palin.