Dag, this guy’s on fire lately. I just quoted him the other day but here is Daniel Larison again from the American Conservative, with a quote that’s sure to be one for the ages. Here he is riffing on this quote from Warner Todd Huston: “What possible reason would a conservative have to attack Cheney instead of Obama?”
That said, we should not simply dismiss Huston out of hand. He and those like him are the political equivalent of Darwin’s discoveries on the Galapagos: strange, unusual creatures cut off from the rest of the world that deserve to be studied and understood as the weird evolutionary offshoots that they are. It is rare to find people who seem genuinely unaware that Cheney is deeply unpopular and also implicated in atrocious crimes, and rarer still to find people who know this and still think it wise to have him making the rounds on television serving as a leading Republican spokesman. Some might say that Huston is simply a pitiable product of the conservative cocoon, but I say that he can offer us evidence for the strange mutant varieties of conservatism that have developed in isolation from reality.