Friday, January 2, 2015

If It Weren't For Double Standards, Liberals Would Have No Standards At All

The title of my post comes from a frequent statement from Glenn Reynolds on his Instapundit blog.  And he's right, of course.  And judging by this awesome article, Jonah Goldberg would readily agree:
Many conservatives finished the year angry about the same thing they were angry about at the beginning of the year: liberal double standards.
As I write this, GOP House Whip Steve Scalise is in hot water over reports that he spoke to a group of racist poltroons in Louisiana 12 years ago. Whether it was an honest mistake, as Scalise plausibly claims, or a sign of something more nefarious, as his detractors hope, remains to be seen.
But one common response on social media is instructive. Countless conservatives want to know: Why the double standard? Barack Obama was friends with a domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers. His spiritual mentor was a vitriolic racist, Jeremiah Wright. One of his administration's closest advisers and allies is Al Sharpton, a man who has inspired enough racial violence to make a grand dragon's white sheets turn green with envy.
This is a theme I push here at OLS; indeed, one of my most popular labels is "hypocrisy".