Defending The Indefensible

October 26, 2009

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, R-MN, is a true Right-wing nutcase. She has made a number of extreme claims, all of which are not only false, but obviously false. She’s such a whacko, she makes guys like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh appear reasonable by comparison.

But when push comes to shove, no one on the Right will condemn her … not even when she has overtly and unapologetically lied. In fact, conservative columnist George Will recently penned an article that pretty much makes her appear a saint of the Right. Not only does he whitewash her lies, he actually defends them:

Some of her supposed excesses are, however, not merely defensible, they are admirable. For example, her June 9 statement on the House floor in which she spoke of “gangster government” has been viewed on the Internet about 2 million times.

This is the danger with any ideology: It forces people who know better, to defend the indefensible, in order to promote the ideology itself — because no loyal ideologue is capable of admitting his/her ideology has any fault, not even within any of its partisans.

So George Will … who knows better than to defend liars … winds up defending a liar and the lies she told. All because he cannot admit the possibility that another Rightist might occasionally be wrong about something. Yes, it’s whiney and juvenile, and a guy George Will’s age is far too old to have any excuse for being so childish … but he is.