Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?
In my view, it's a standard move Saletan learned from Michael Kinsley: claim to be a liberal, advocate something conservative, wait for observers to say "even the liberal William Saletan agrees with the conservatives on this one", goal!
It makes me tired.
It makes DougJ irate:
It’s a big enough umbrella: Sometimes I laugh at conservatives for saying “he’s not really a conservative, he supports X”. Other times, I think they’ve got a point. Tebow-damn John for making read the first few paragraphs of the Saletan-Douthat wankoff but this got me from Will Saletan:
I think I speak for a lot of secular liberals…
Back that thing up. Saletan is not a liberal. Supported the Iraq War, check. Thinks black people are genetically inferior, check. Is ambivalent about reproductive rights, check. I’ll give him the secular part…. But that doesn’t make him a liberal. And the whole “secular liberal” thing annoys me too. I give liberal Catholics who still throw money in the plate a lot of shit, but my belief in social justice may have come from going to church (mine was not a right-wing freak show when I was a kid), and I’ll take even the most annoying liberal religion-apologists over assholes like Saletan every day of the week and twice on Sundays.
I’m sorry but these right-center agnostics/atheists don’t get to speak for us, not matter how much they reject religion. It’s great that liberalism is a big tent, but if you’re a neocon on foreign policy and you hate poor people, then shut the f*^% up about what liberals think. Because you’re not one.
Update. Saletan replies to me:
Doug, I’ve tried reasoning with you before. I’m sorry that you’re angry at the world, but I can’t help you with your illness.