John Hawkins replies to my post yesterday:
Ex-conservative, John Cole over at Balloon Juice, is shoveling manure as fast as he can at his former allies on the right.
At one time Cole ran a reliably conservative blog, but about the time Terri Schiavo became a big issue, he got a real bee in his bonnet about religious people being allowed to have a voice in the Republican Party, too, and he flipped out and veered left. In other words, he pulled an Andrew Sullivan and got so upset that the majority of the conservative commentariat disagreed with him, that it twisted his whole philosophy.
Of course, he benefitted from stepping to the left a lot more than Sullivan did. Sullivan had a big audience and actually seemed to pay a price for switching allegiances. On the other hand, Cole went from being a small fry conservative blog to being a small fry ex-conservative blog that regularly got links from liberal blogs like the Daily Kos that love nothing more than to read a blogger claiming to be a conservative ripping on other conservatives.***
In other words, supposedly Cole is hopping into bed with people like Kos, Jane Hamsher, Michael Moore, Ted Kennedy, Robert Byrd, William Jefferson, John Kerry, & Ted Rall, because he thinks Republicans are mean.
Shorter John Hawkins:
“John Cole is criticizing the Republicans? He must have a book to sell!”
Reaslly, his post (and those like them – I am whiny AND nauseating!) really don’t deserve much comment, but I will leave you with this- John Hawkin’s regularly has polls asking right-wing bloggers to list the worst people in American history. Mind you- the worst Americans in history. Bill and Hillary Clinton received 25 votes.
That speaks for itself, and is part of the reason I stopped reading him about a while ago.