Hope & change in Right Blogistan

A recalcitrant right-wing apostate jumps off the Crazy Train and lives to talk about it.

16 Responses to “Hope & change in Right Blogistan”


  1. 1 Dr. Prole Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Wow! I just read through the first several comments and I have to say I’m stunned that so many would be brave enough to agree with the post. Maybe there is hope for them after all? But they’ve got a lot of work to do wrest control of their party from Teh Crazy.

  2. 2 JJ Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Dr.Prole – I’ve been a regular reader of LGF for months now, so I can’t say this comes as a big surprise — just that he finally “made it official” is kind of cool.

    LGF has been lambasted by the right for awhile now… it’s been delinked by most of the real haters, but some of them put it on their blogrolls under “leftoid moonbats” & so forth πŸ™„ I’d characterize the people there as more right-leaning centrists… you know, respectable conservatives?

  3. 3 Dr. Prole Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Respectable conservatives? I thought they were rarer than unicorns these days. Glad to see I was under the wrong impression. Not that I agree with them in an ideological fashion, but yeah, glad they are trying to rise above their teabagging brethren.

  4. 4 JJ Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Dr.Prole – No, I don’t think they’re rare — in fact, I suspect they may even be the majority of conservatives — but it’s pretty hard for moderate voices to be heard over the paranoid shrieking of the lunatics.

    The far right reminds me of a wolf pack in a way — wolves alter their voices so they can sound like a greater number than they really are. When my hybrids used to howl all together for an extended period of time, you’d think there were 30 wolves outside 😯 instead of 3. That’s the right-wing noise machine in a nutshell πŸ˜‰

  5. 5 Mark Francis Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    I had heard he was ‘listing.’

    The right really is getting incredibly radical down there. No humility.

  6. 6 JJ Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Mark – “listing” — like a boat? πŸ˜†

    The teabagger-people are shitcrazy bonkers. They cannot tolerate even constructive criticism. And they shriek about fascism πŸ™„

  7. 7 Bleatmop Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    This is great news! I hope he starts something. There are several BT’s that I wish would read that and take it to heart.

  8. 8 Rob F Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    In response, Andrew Sullivan has his own, lengthier version.

  9. 9 Shade Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    You know I always thought that both the right and the left need each other, it’s just the wingnuts on either side that are the issue.

    Don’t misunderstand me when I say the right, I mean the people like on LGF who know religion doesn’t belong in any of the policy making.

  10. 10 JJ Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Bleatmop – It’s always good news when someone on ‘the right’ takes an honest look at the shrieking wingnuttery all around them and sees it for the creeping fascism that it is.

    Lunacy isn’t limited to the right by any means, but their brand of it is louder, dumber, more deranged and ultimately more dangerous, because “god” is on their side.

  11. 11 JJ Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Rob F – Thanks for the link. In the same spirit, CC dredged up that classic from John Cole at Balloon Juice.

  12. 12 JJ Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Shade – It is possible to be conservative and not be a wingnut πŸ˜‰ just as possible as it is to be liberal and not be a MOONBAT πŸ˜† Most of us are somewhere in the vast InBetween.

    One defection from wingnuttery doesn’t make a trend, but it is promising. LGF is obviously a pretty influential voice in the conservative blogosphere, even if the nuts don’t like it any more.

  13. 13 RealityBites Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 9:44 am

    How right wing was he to start with? Most of the reasons and people he cites aren’t new. They’ve been right-wing mantra for years. It’s not as if he was driven over the edge by Palin or the teabaggers.

  14. 14 Cornelius T.Zen Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Good morrow, all!
    To quote Lewis Black: “When it comes to the faith thing, I gotta say I tried…I really tried. But, I have…thoughts. And that can really screw up your faith. Just ask any Catholic priest.”
    When Teh Rihgt consists mostly of idols with heads of stone and feet of clay, it’s time to fold up the tent and steal away in the night.
    Could the Eleventh Commandment be: Thou Shalt Not Think For Thyself? One never knows — unless one asks.
    When The rapture Comes – bring popcorn! – CTZen

  15. 15 JJ Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 10:23 am

    RB – My understanding is that he wasn’t very right wing — he’s always been more of a centrist. I guess I’d characterize him as a hawkish independent or maybe a Goldwater conservative — libertarian on social issues, hawkish on foreign policy. With all the wars going on, I guess it took him awhile to notice that a lot of the people he’d made common cause with were racists, religious crackpots, homophobes and fetus fetishists.

    His dissent with the wingnuts has apparently been going on for a couple of years 😯

  16. 16 JJ Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 10:33 am

    CTZen

    When Teh Rihgt consists mostly of idols with heads of stone and feet of clay, it’s time to fold up the tent and steal away in the night.

    Heads of stone, or heads of Ditto.


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