Better to Be Called an Extremist Than to Actually Be a Weenie

Andrew Sullivan has a piece in his blog on Friday referring to conservative frustration with Senator Hatch over the judicial confirmation issues as “more signs of conservative extremism in Washington.”

He doesn’t say any more, but he links to a very superficial New Republic piece that portrays Senator Hatch as a conservative attack dog. (Pardon me, the actual quote is “crude partisan attack dog.”) The evidence for this is that sometimes Hatch doesn’t back down as much as the Democrats wish.

The New Republic is liberal, so it is not surprising that it would write an opinion piece reflecting only one side of the judicial nominations debate. But why would a man who calls himself a conservative think it is extremist for Washington conservatives to expect the Senate to investigate allegations of wrongdoing among Democrat Senators as assiduously as it investigates allegations of wrongdoing among Republican staff members?

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