Conservatism and Common Sense
Three instances of conservatives saving Republicans and fellow conservatives from ludicrous arguments:
- Matt Franck on Ted Olson's attempt to build a conservative case for same-sex marriage. UPDATE: I missed Ed Meese's op-ed on the Prop 8 trial in San Francisco. UPDATE 2: At the trial Ted Olson disgraces himself and reveals a lot of contemporary confusion at the same time.
- Ross Douthat's sober defense of Brit Hume's charitable recommendation of Christianity to Tiger Woods.
- Jonah Goldberg rebuking those who allege racism in Harry Reid's remarks about Obama's light skin color. UPDATE 3: Jan Crawford interview with Clarence Thomas from 2008 (h/t Patterico, my favorite left coast blogger).
The Reid episode seems the work of leftists within his own party. He simply repeated what is common knowledge among American blacks: That there have long been separate social institutions for lighter-skinned blacks. Obama's Dreams from My Father grapples with such themes.
10:19 AM / January 11, 2010