I don't know who Glenn Greewald is, I guess he's a pretty right-leaning type. But I do think rather highly of Andrew Sullivan, despite my own left-leaning inclinations, because he at least is somebody who espouses genuine conservatism, not this perverted "compassionate" variation that descended on Bushworld. I find myself nodding whenever I see Andrew on the TeeVee, i.e. on the Bill Maher show or, recently, as a guest on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, as seen here:
It actually reinforces my respect for Sullivan knowing that he is the doubly oxymoronic Gay Catholic Republican. But what compels me to mention Sullivan here is this item that appeared on his website yesterday, in which he cites a column by the aforementioned Mr. Greenwald and takes issue with NYTimes 'conservative' pundit -- and Bush enabler -- David Brooks. The money quote, as cited in Sullivan's blog:
Conservatism has been highjacked by an ideology favoring an authoritarian, constantly-militarist, debt-ridden welfare state. It has no real roots in the Anglo-American conservative tradition. It explicitly rebukes Reagan and Goldwater as outmoded icons. David Brooks has decided to side with the Bush agenda - against individual freedom and for more government power over people's lives.
The real irony here seems to me to be that since Bush and his door--mat Republicans have taken their party SOoooo far to the radically deranged right, what used to be mainstream conservatism has now become middle of the road. No wonder "liberal" is now regarded as "far left."