I'm watching Sen. Amy Klobuchar singing paeans to the authentic experience of Judge Sonia Sotomayor. One notes that liberals never seemed particularly impressed with the authenticity of the World War II experience of, inter alia, Strom Thurmond or Joe McCarthy.
Authentic experience only matters when it leads someone to endorse the regnant liberal consensus.
UPDATE 6:50: Never has a blogger been named with less irony than Instaputz, which gives me "Quote of the Day" status, links a 2002 Atrios post quoting League of the South founder Michael Hill and then misattributes Hill's quote to me, all of which is cited as proof that I am "an unrepentant white supremacist."
As to the matter of whether defending Trent Lott makes Michell Hill a "white supremacist" (unrepentant or otherwise) I'm content to let Hill speak for himself. The related question of Theodor Adorno, the Frankfurt School and cultural Marxism is something else entirely. Instputz apparently believes that his own confusion justifies dragging me into a seven-year-old controversy in which I was not a participant, so that he can accuse me of being "unrepentant" of an ideology I never espoused.
What infuriates me is that idiots who can't even get their facts straight, who play mix-and-match quotes in the process of assembling their "Ransom Note" smears, nevertheless consider themselves so much my moral superior as to authoritatively condemn me based on their own ignorant misconceptions, and then act astonished that others don't do the same.
FWIW, in referencing Klobuchar's paeans to Sotomayor, I chose the examples of Thurmond and McCarthy -- prominent figures in the liberal demonology -- specifically to highlight how liberals use "heroic" narratives to justify their own allies, as if a heroic biography proves political virtue. At age 38, Thurmond volunteered with the 82nd Airborne and participated in the Normandy invasion, yet none of the liberals who enthusiastically praised the Vietnam service of John Kerry ever counted Thurmond's service as evidence of virtue. Perhaps if Strom had thrown away his medals . . .
By what weird manner of Rorshach association this reference caused Instaputz to invoke Michael Hill and Trent Lott, I can only speculate. But given the universe of wild-assed things I've actually said -- hey, I'm a four-time Malkin Award nominee! -- this misguided attempt to indict me for something I never said shows the bizarre lengths to which liberals will go in their permanent campaign to convince themselves of their own moral superiority.
UPDATE: Linked by that unrepentant green supremacist, Instapundit. Y'know, I feel kind of guilty not jumping on board the green-for-Iranian-democracy blog bandwagon. But my failure to color coordinate my blog doesn't mean I hate either Iranians or democracy. It shouldn't be necessary to say that, but silence sometimes leads to bizarre interpretations, so I figure I'll get ahead of any rumors accusing me of fearmongering the Persian Menace.
Also, while I'm at it, I'm OK with women wearing trousers, but am willing to extend multicultural tolerance to Sudanese who feel otherwise. However, this should not be interpreted as an endorsement of flogging.
When did it get so complicated to be a bien-pensant?
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