In the very title of my post yesterday celebrating the rescue of Captain Phillips and the elimination and capture of his captors, I lauded the operation as the President’s “first military success.” In the body of the post, I offered the Democrat kudos, praised him on his success, said he “got this one right.” I gave him credit for ordering the rescue plan (which given what I have since learned may have been overgenerous praise).
And yet despite all that praise, one of our readers, Bill, calling himself a “gay conservative,” said in the comments that I had given “him only the most grudging credit for having ‘signed off’ on the rescue.” Grudging credit? I commended the Democratic incumbent at least four times (five if you count the title). I guess ol’ Bill just missed what he didn’t want to read so he could more easily smear me.
The more I thought about his comment, the more I recalled Andrew Breitbart’s Op-Ed on how some on the left use the comments section of conservative blogs to discredit us:
Read the comment sections of right-leaning blogs, news sites and social forums, and the evidence is there in ugly abundance. Internet hooligans are spewing their talking points to thwart the dissent of the newly-out-of-power. . . .
Uninvited Democratic activists are on a mission to demoralize the enemy – us. They want to ensure that President Obama is not subject to the same coordinated, facts-be-damned, multimedia takedown they employed over eight long years to destroy the presidency – and the humanity – of George W. Bush.
Now, Bill is not the first critic to call himself a gay conservative (or gay Republican) and proceed to lambaste us, usually, as in Bill’s case by misrepresenting what I actually said.
So, no, Bill, I don’t believe you. I believe you only consider yourself a gay conservative when commenting on gay conservative blogs. If you had been sincere in your criticism, you would have acknowledged the genuine (and perhaps overgenerous) praise I offered the president. But, you’re not here to offer genuine criticism, you’re here on a different mission.
And I for one won’t be demoralized, but further emboldened. The more people like you try to sow dissension in our ranks, the stronger will become our resolve to stand true to and speak out for our principles.
When the president dithers, we will fault him. In the days leading up to yesterday’s bold action by our men in uniform, it certainly appeared he was dithering. And if the president authorizes a policy which leads to success, as he did yesterday, then I’ll join other conservative bloggers in praising him.
But, don’t come here and call yourself a gay conservative when all you can do is criticize and fault us for not doing do something we actually did. Your failure to take note of the praise I offered the President shows that you come here armed with talking points, seize on one comment I made while ignoring the rest of the post.
We’re onto your game. Just calling yourself a gay conservative doesn’t make you one nor does it convince anybody else who’s used to the well-worn tactic of many of those on your side of the political aisle to masquerade as conservatives so as to undermine us.