NRO's Kathleen Parker Shocked, Shocked! NRO Vipers Bit Her

[Cross-Posted to Why We Need Obama]

A steady stream of conservative writers and journalists have soured on Sarah Palin and have called for her replacement.  One of the first to lead the charge is Kathleen Parker, a writer for the ultra-conservative National Review Online.

As a result of Ms. Parker's call for Sarah Palin to leave the McCain ticket, she has come under siege from the "no-brain-just-gut!"red meat Republican base:

Allow me to introduce myself. I am a traitor and an idiot. Also, my mother should have aborted me and left me in a Dumpster, but since she didn't, I should "off" myself.

Those are just a few nuggets randomly selected from thousands of e-mails written in response to my column suggesting that Sarah Palin is out of her league and should step down...

That we have become a partisan nation is no secret. This week has provided a vivid example of where rabid partisanship leads with the failure of Congress to pass a bailout bill vitally needed to keep our economy from unraveling...

Such extreme partisanship has a crippling effect on government, which may be desirable at times, but not now. More important in the long term is the less-tangible effect of stifling free speech. My mail paints an ugly picture and a bleak future if we do not soon correct ourselves.

The picture is this: Anyone who dares express an opinion that runs counter to the party line will be silenced. That doesn't sound American to me, but Stalin would approve. Readers have every right to reject my opinion. But when we decide that a person is a traitor and should die for having an opinion different than one's own, then we cross into territory that puts all freedoms at risk. (I hear you, Dixie Chicks.)

Our day of reckoning, indeed, may be upon us. Between war and economic collapse, we have enormous challenges. It will take the best of everyone to solve them. That process begins minimally with a commitment to engage in civil discourse and a cease-fire in the war against unwelcome ideas.

Although I appreciate the tenor of her sudden plea for rational nonpartisan dialogue (oh-so-conveniently put forth now that she has come under attack), I would ask Ms. Parker the following two questions:

1.  How exactly do you feel you are holding to your ideals of 'civil discourse' when you continue to write for the rabidly ultraconservative National Review Online?

2.  How about some words of calm and conciliation when your unhinged colleagues put out another frothing article about Barack Obama filled with lies, innuendo and thinly veiled racism?

Leaving aside Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Fox News in general, National Review Online is one of the most consistently fact-free partisan "Democrat Attack" media outlets out there today.  See for example a recent post from Ramesh Ponnuru personally attacking conservative Obama supporter Douglas Kmiec as a "silly and confused man".

Ms. Parker may suddenly be talking the conciliatory talk but she better start walking the walk.  A good way to start would be to associate herself with a less batshit conservative publication.  Until then, doesn't this inherent hypocrisy make her call for us to all ratchet down the partisanship sound just a little bit hollow?

Tags: Conservatives, Election 2008, general election, Media, National Review, NRO, Republicans (all tags)



We're not exactly nonpartisan ourselves.

When I talk about showing respect for the opposition, I get shouted down.  

You can ask this writer to "walk the walk" as long as you realize that we have a long ways to go ourselves.

by Dracomicron 2008-10-01 01:37PM | 0 recs
Re: We're not exactly nonpartisan ourselves.

it is one thing to extol the virtues of your candidate and call into question the qualifications of the opponent -- all based on facts and figures.  it is quite another thing over at the NRO.  the forum is a rabid frothfest of fact-free fulminating.  kathleen parker and her colleagues there made their bed -- its time for them to lie in it a while.  

p.s.  isn't it amazing how, the minute that some gets called on their shit, they're the first ones running around 'this isn't the time to affix blame.  let's fix the problem!'?  

by campaignmonitor 2008-10-01 01:40PM | 0 recs

I'm not going to make excuses for the wingnut fringe; I just want to make sure that we are in a position of strength on the matter.

I remember creating a profile on one of those sites;  my first (completely reasonable and fact-based) post never made it past review, and I was banned because I tried to point out factual errors that happened to support their agenda (this was back when they loved Hillary Clinton).

by Dracomicron 2008-10-01 02:05PM | 0 recs
What did she expect?

Also, my mother should have aborted me and left me in a Dumpster

LOL, so the right to life fanatics wishes Parker was aborted?

These are the people who say they would not even have wanted an abortion in the case of Hitler?

Of course, I guess, turning against Palin is WORSE then being Der Fuhrer to these folks...

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-01 01:53PM | 0 recs
Maybe she will reconsider..

In the last few years I've met a number of right wingers who Democrats.

They do, you know..

by architek 2008-10-01 02:32PM | 0 recs
Re: NRO's Kathleen Parker Shocked, Shocked!

Those who live by the sword, die by the sword.

I hope for Parker's sake, that's just a metaphor. And that her rabid readers are also working in metaphor.

by judybrowni 2008-10-01 02:07PM | 0 recs
Re: NRO's Kathleen Parker Shocked, Shocked!

Those clowns that wrote her don't know what a metaphor is.

They can barely deal with literal reality, let alone abstract symbolism.

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-01 02:42PM | 0 recs
Re: NRO's Kathleen Parker Shocked, Shocked!

Well...what you shall ye reap...
Well...that's chickens coming back home to roost..

Should I say more...or will someone gripe about me using these words of wisdom from the 'Hills?

by johnrarch 2008-10-01 02:25PM | 0 recs
she is brave

Politics aside we need to leave this woman alone

those lunatics even sent death threats to her  

she even mentioned losing speaking gigs just for doing her job   we need to come to her defense

we may not like what she says but we should all be prepared to die to protect her right to say it  

the right is in panic mode

this is berlin in the last days of the reich

by wellinformed 2008-10-01 03:46PM | 0 recs
Re: she is brave

The bunker mentality.

Well put.

by WashStateBlue 2008-10-01 04:10PM | 0 recs
Re: NRO's Kathleen Parker Shocked

I used to be an independent because I have some non liberal views on finance, education(privatization aspect).

But then I decided to just call myself Democrat because I realize I have never voted for a Republican president. The only time I voted for a non DEmocrat was when voted for a anti Iraq war libertarian in a senate election. I am also pro death penalty.

But then I realized the things I disagree with Republicans affect my conscience a lot more. While I agree with them on the tyranny of teachers unions, I find it worse that they want to introduce ID into schools, and that their reason  for vouchers also includes some very non-progressive reasons. I agree with them on small government, but that is not a top issue for me. Besides, I believe if anyone gets elected to a second term, they deserve to run a bigger government as they have proven themselves to be wise custodians of our money. I also disagree with them on where the little money the government gets should be spent. I believe the military industrial complex is the biggest theft of American taxpayer money.

But above all, I can't stand their social views.

No way, I can be a republican.

by Pravin 2008-10-01 04:28PM | 0 recs
Re: NRO's Kathleen Parker Shocked

I'm frankly surprised that anyone at NRO has the cajones to do more than parrot the party line.  Kudos to Parker.  

by IncognitoErgoSum 2008-10-01 05:08PM | 0 recs


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