Paul From Minneapolis

Saturday, April 30, 2005

I Like the Right Better These Days

Among other things, the sane wing is large and shows more courage in standing up to their own morons. (That's a link to an ongoing discussion at National Review online, where the writers are in quick agreement that the "no gay characters in libraries" legislation from Alabama is absolutely absurd. )

I think this is a result of the fact that for the right, the morons (and I mean that in a non-judgmental functional sense) are basically known and under control. Not without influence, but contained, like the crazy aunt in the attic.

That's the hard-core anti-science religious right for the conservative side of things. She's been up there forever, once in a while she kicks up a fuss or even runs out in the yard half-dressed shouting about this or that. But in the end, you know how to deal with her, you've been doing it for years, and she's right back in the attic.

Moore-ites and the worst Kos types and MoveOn maniacs are more like termites or carpenter ants for the confused left. At that terrible avoidant stage where you see them, but you don't let yourself explore the hideous implications.

Update: On the other hand... (via Andrew S.)