Little Green Footballs

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The center cannot hold

Is there a schism a-brewing in right-wing blogland? Consider the following:


No responsible American can endorse the idea that the U.S. is in a war with Islam. That is repugnant and wrong, and bloggers and writers and would-be bloggers and writers have to chose [sic]sides on this [...]. The idea that all of Islam is the problem is a fringe opinion. It cannot be welcomed into mainstream thought because it is factually wrong. [...] We are not in a war with devout Muslims. We are in a war with Muslims who think that their faith compels them to kill non-believers and the nations that support those extremists.

As most of you probably know by now, Congressman Tom Tancredo (R - CO) remarked during a recent radio appearance that if Islamist terrorists ever attack the U.S. with nuclear weapons, the U.S. should retaliate by nuking Mecca.

You wouldn't think such a statement would cause much controversy in the right blogosphere -- but you'd be wrong. The quote above is from none other than Hugh Hewitt, who sees himself as a sort of éminence grise for the warblogger crowd.

But for how long? In an earlier thumb-sucker, he lavishly exposes the latest wingnut PR gambit: presenting themselves as the reasonable center, and everyone to their left as frothing extremists. So devoted is he to this premise that he manages to repeat the phrase "center-right" no fewer than 26 times within that single post. Never mind that those he characterizes as "center-right" include people like Michelle Malkin (whose cozy relationship with the white supremacists at VDare.com ought to be enough disqualify her as a 'centrist'), and that those he praises as cutting-edge innovators include those kool kidz from The Corner (representin' Wizzle F. Buckizzle since 2002, yo!) -- the most interesting thing about this "center-right" construct is that it implies the existence of a non-center right, i.e. an extreme right, which Hewitt unequivocally states is made up of the sort of people who think we're at war with all of Islam.

Now where have we seen people like that before?

3 comments:

Pablo said...

Now where have we seen people like that before?

Here.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/1777503.stm

Winston Smith said...

So we should base our foreign policy on the loony rantings of Captain Hook?

OK then.

Pablo said...

So we should base our foreign policy on the loony rantings of Captain Hook?

Who said that?