Someone named Michael Sean Winters * has experienced another petit mal paroxysm of truculence against political conservatives, this time lashing out on the National Catholic Reporter website against the recent Tea Party convention, sneering at pretty much everyone there for being, in his words, "birthers" (meaning those who question whether Dear Leader was really born in the U.S. or not). There's a discussion going on about that, one which I have little interest and no part in. Apparently, though, the fact that it's a topic of concern for some really gets his goat.
"I am not a fan of guilt by association, but those
conservativesliberals who wish to be taken seriously need to explicitly disassociate themselves from such nonsense [as Winters’]. There is a difference between a difference of opinion and being nuts. If you hang out with nuts and do not call them out on their nuttiness, people can be forgiven for thinking you concur. America needs a thoughtful and articulate conservativeliberal political voice, but no such voice emerged from the proceedings in NashvilleThe National Catholic Reporter."
* I know who Michael Sean Winters is. He has a penchant for referring to those with whom he disagrees as "someone named So-and-So," insinuating they are obscure. He did it again in the NCR blog post linked to above. (Mimicry is the sincerest form of flattery, eh, wot?)