In disbelief, I've now read this post by Powerline's John Hinderaker several times. It strikes me as so arrestingly, frighteningly dumb, I keep thinking there's something in it I've missed--that my reading comprehension skills have plummeted overnight. A stroke, maybe? ... leaving me with the ability to recognize words and phrases but not understand them? I don't know. I'm still puzzled as hell, and more than a little worried (about myself). Hinderaker isn't a stupid man. He's a Dartmouth and Harvard Law grad who uses proper punctuation amid standard syntax and all that; but his post, below, which I've reprinted in its entirety (it's short), seems to be in full flight from even minimal benchmarks of both judgment and intellect. So on to Hinderaker's post. You tell me, am I missing something?
I have never seen Stephen Colbert’s show on Comedy Central, but I take it that it consists of an endless series of anti-Republican "jokes." If asked, would Colbert admit to being a loyal Democratic Party foot soldier, or would he claim to be a stubbornly independent sort who socks it to both sides? I don’t know, but the Democrats aren’t in any doubt. Yesterday the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent this email to the party faithful: ["Thank you Stephen Colbert for an amazing ride!"]
That was followed by a link to an official Democratic Party web page called "Thank You Stephen Colbert!" So I guess the Democrats have known all along that Colbert’s show was an hour-long commercial for their party and its candidates.
I am not in favor of restricting anyone’s right to free speech, but if federal law is going to bar a businessman from contributing enough to buy more than a minimal amount of television time on behalf of his party or his candidates, why shouldn’t Stephen Colbert and Comedy Central be prohibited from airing millions of dollars worth of pro-Democratic Party propaganda?
Let's put aside lawyer Hinderaker's knee-slapper about the oppression of businessmen by federal law, which, as OpenSecrets.com notes, allowed the abused, long-suffering leisure class to spend "more than $600 million in the 2012 election cycle." I willingly put this aside because Hinderaker simply can't be that ignorant. Indeed no one can be that ignorant, so I have missed something, right?
What I can't shake from bewilderment and downright disorientation, though, is Hinderaker's rather exotic objection to one man's broadcasts of anti-Republican, pro-Democratic "propaganda," when I don't know how many hundreds of hours are expended each day in Savage, Levinesque, Limbaughite syndicated horseshit atop countless, right-wing, local but corporate-network radio talk shows admixed among Fox News' InHannity, O'Reilly & Co.
What Hinderaker's post seems to suggest is that contemporary conservatism won't rest until all vocal opposition is extinguished. In the political universe of isms, there's a word for that. But I won't go there, because surely, surely I am only misreading what suggests an ideologically fanatical mind.