by Brad Nelson 10/30/13 • Recently two heavyweight conservative intellectuals were outed as being rubes: Charles Krauthammer and George Will. Both claim that they didn’t know what Obama’s politics were before he was elected (or even shortly after).
There have been many explanations offered around the web by the usual talking heads. Some suppose that they simply fell in love with a fellow intellectual who went to the same types of schools — a fellow beltway maven. Or they supposed that they simply were swayed and awed by Obama’s charm and diction. Etc.
But I think all of these explanations are patently false. George Will, for one, is too intelligent and experienced not to have immediately known who Obama was. As Rush notes, we should remember that neither Krauthammer nor Will were low-information voters. They had been watching liberals for years.
The only possible explanation then for why they feigned to not know who Obama was is that they caved to racial pressure. Remember that Rush caught hell for saying that he hoped Obama failed. But any sensible person would have agreed. You would hope to hell that Obama’s socialist, anti-free-market, anti-American-freedom policies would fail.
To Rush (as it was to me or any person with an honest disposition and will to understand), it was obvious from day-one who Obama was. A liberal is a liberal, and Obama’s past associations and words/votes (he voted twice for partial birth abortion) made it crystal clear that here was not just a liberal but a hard-left one.
But both Krauthammer and Will professed ignorance. Well, it’s obvious to me that they simply were intimidated by racial politics and/or figured that not feigning a kind of stand-offish “fairness” (an obnoxious trait sometimes shared with Bill O’Reilly) would not get them what is their real stock in trade: face time on television and continued book sales. It was, alas, most likely a marketing decision behind the feigned ignorance.
The conservative intelligentsia is infected with this impulse. Will and Krauthammer are be no means alone. And it begs the question: Who will stand up and tell the truth even if it makes people who have been indoctrinated by Cultural Marxism angry? Even if it makes the New York Times angry? Even if it causes despicable RINOs such as John McCain to call you a “wacko bird”? Isn’t the point of conservatism at least to refute the assumptions of the Left? Or is the point simply to sell books and get face time and make sure that you don’t upset anyone?
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