Saturday, February 10, 2007

Those darn extremists

Owen Robinson and Sean Hackbarth offer some advice for bloggers. I would add one piece of advice, every word you type can and will come back to haunt you.

For example, sometimes you feel like a nut:

I thought Sommers was just some crazy guy running a protest campaign. Pro-Life Wisconsin has decided he's a crazy guy worthy of their crazy endorsement. I wonder if it was more contingent on the number of children he has or his "no exceptions" pro-life stance.
Sometimes you don't:
"How is he extreme?

1. He does not support gay marriage, something 60% of Wisconsin citizens agree with.
2. He is pro-life.

When looked at in combination with his extremist rhetoric regarding the marriage amendment, Van Hollen's statement regarding reproductive rights suggests that Roys is on target when she says the candidate is displaying "a callous disregard for the health and privacy of Wisconsin's citizens."

There are many social conservatives who offer principled arguments for changing laws regarding abortion.

J.B. Van Hollen is not one of them. He has placed himself outside the mainstream, and that ought to place him outside of consideration by responsible Republicans.
While this editorial is factually incorrect (none of J.B.'s views make him extreme, and he is by no means out of the mainstream), the CapTimes coming out against this candidate makes me all the more enthused to support him."

Pro-Life Wisconsin, you may remember, endorsed JB Van Hollen for Attorney General in last year's primary.

The lesson: Don't hurt your credibility by sneering at an organization just because they didn't endorse your candidate this time in this election, especially if you defended their principles in the past when they did endorse your candidate.

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