In his biography Righteous Indignation, Andrew Breitbart recalled the pivotal moment in the Clarence Thomas hearings, watching three ‘privileged’ white men; Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden, and Howard Metzenbaum, assault a black justice from humble roots with unsubstantiated allegations. The irony was lost on the Democrats. They are like Sheldon not comprehending sarcasm. Larry O’Connor reminded me of this moment in his Washington Post article, The Kavanaugh effect: The next Andrew Breitbart is watching
Breitbart was a different publication when Andrew was alive and in charge, but its genesis was the outrage over Clarence Thomas. It has spawned a generation of conservative bloggers who refused to rationalize and ignore the nature of their opposition. It was more than just a war of ideas. It was a war against the relativism and ‘ends justify the means’ mentality of the left. Andrew Breitbart abandoned politeness and called out their hypocrisy and lies on the public square. He was central in bringing down ACORN and Anthony Weiner. When the Tea party was accused of making racist statement at a rally, he offered $100,000 for anyone with any evidence of such a statement. In a world of iPhone videos, no one came forward.
When greeted with “Give them hell, Harry,” Harry Truman replied, “I just tell them the truth and they think it is hell.” That was Breitbart.
Kavanaugh is having the same effect.
Erick Erickson posted a revelation that represents many on the right who did not support Trump. Erick was one of the first conservative bloggers who stood against Trump. He had earned tremendous furor from Trump supporters when he disinvited Trump from a Redstate gathering in Atlanta after the Megyn Kelly comment. From Trump 2020? In his blog The Resurgent:
George W. Bush attempted to put Harriet Miers on the Supreme Court and pushed comprehensive immigration reform, “No Child Left Behind,” the General Motors Bailout, etc. I opposed all those, but never doubted President Bush’s integrity, character, or faith. Frankly, Trump does not have the character or strong Christian faith I prefer in a President. But he is positively angelic compared to his political opponents and the press. Between Trump and his opposition, I would rather vote for him, despite his flaws, than his opponents who want a flawless progressive utopia. Trump is neither an ambassador for my values nor the articulate champion of my principles I would prefer. But he is a safe harbor in a progressive storm that seeks to both destroy my values and upend our constitutional republic.
Progressives believe Trump is an authoritarian tyranny barely constrained by the rule of law. With a straight face, these same progressives argue the accusations against Kavanaugh are proof of his guilt, he should not be presumed innocent, a lack of witnesses is confirmation he did what they claim, all women must be believed except the ones who defend Kavanaugh, and any dissent is just white male privilege. Progressives may claim President Trump is Caesar at the edge of the Rubicon, but they have embraced the bastard love child of Joseph Stalin and Franz Kafka and enlisted the American political press to smear, defame, and attack anyone who stands in their way.
The political press has behaved as co-conspirators with the Democrats in the Kavanaugh matter. They have clearly been fully co-opted. Reporters are planting their flags with the so-called Resistance and donning pink hats instead of defending truth and reporting facts. There is much in this present political age about which I am uncertain. But there is one thing about which I am absolutely certain. President Trump is not my enemy and too many progressives view me as theirs.
Erick speaks for many. The Kavanaugh travesty has united the right better than anything that Trump could have designed. It has clarified the opposition better than anything since Clarence Thomas.
Traffic at conservative sites has increased dramatically. Few things bond a group more than a clear threat. Trump may have fragmented the right; the Democrats have now united them.