Sunday, January 13, 2008

He's Not One of Us

I don’t see how such a man wins the Republican nomination. I’m second to none in praising him on his surge leadership. But on a whole host of issues — including water boarding, tax cuts, and the freedom of speech — he’s not one of us.

-- Torture-loving Jabba Kathryn Jean Lopez on John McCain

Nouveau conservatism has come a long way since 2003, when it was mainly concerned with establishing the notion that Islam, not Islamism, was evil, and thus Muslims were inherently dangerous, any one of them liable at any time to produce a Kalashnikov and shoot up an El Al counter. Years pass, concerns change, and gestural politics become even more superficial and base. As Andrew Sullivan points out, and floating fatbody Kathryn Jean Lopez affirms, we have now entered the era in which medieval torture is a key Republican value, such that a Republican candidate who has endured it himself, and thus opposes it, "is not one of us". Absolutely surreal.

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