Epiphany: Conservatives are sheeple, too

Joe Carter, who writes the excellent Evangelical Outpost blog, has discovered, through his role on the Huckabee campaign, that the so-called “conservative” movement really does follow a party line:

I have to confess that I’d always associated sheeplishness with the Left. Liberals, according to my stereotype, are more prone to collectivism and–despite what they might claim–invariably not a part of the “reality-based community.” Conservatives, I foolishly believed, were different. We relied on facts and based our opinions on sound arguments. We did our own homework and didn’t rely on other people to do our thinking for us.

I know, I know, it’s a silly delusion. Had I given it even a moment’s thought I’d have recognized the fallacy of my own bias.

But until recently, I didn’t give it much thought. It was only after the pundits started repeating erroneous claims about a topic I knew something about that I realized that they really were, as their liberal critics often claimed, regurgitating the same talking points.
According to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation Romney raised fees and taxes roughly $740 million to $750 million per year – an increase of roughly 2.8 billion during his tenure. In contrast, Huckabee increased the taxes $505 million ($300 million of which was mandated by the Supreme Court) in a 10.5 year period. If Governor Huckabee is a fiscal liberal than Governor Romney is a flaming fiscal liberal.

So why don’t more pundits criticize Romney? Obviously, some are simply too wrapped up in primary-season partisanship to ever admit the truth. [Think I’m wrong? I’ll put money on it: I’ll give $200 to Young Life if my buddy Hugh Hewitt would admit (without spin) on both his blog and radio show that Romney raised taxes more than Huckabee.]

Not likely. Hewitt is busy piling on Huckabee’s awkward response to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto (and ignoring Mitt Romney’s documented lies about marching with Martin Luther King).

Joe is a thoughtful guy and I’m glad he’s seen the light. Mindless partisanship drove me out of the mainstream political blogosphere. Most of the players are in it to score points for their side rather than to really discuss the issues.

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