by Conor Freidersdorf
Elsewhere in my writing, I've been delving into the fascinating goings on at Ace of Spades HQ, where lead blogger Ace -- a frequent critic of "elites" and "elitists" -- finds himself pilloried by readers for dissenting from conventional wisdom within the movement, and responds with a surprising but welcome critique of heretic hunting on the right.
Having demonstrated that he understands the flaws in this approach to political discourse -- and having personally experienced its absurdity -- it'll be interesting to see if Ace himself continues to use it as a cudgel in his own writing. The same goes for other hard right pundits who've been criticized for their negative reactions to Sarah Palin's resignation, Erick Erickson and Ed Morrisey prominent among them. Is it wrong to wonder whether Mr. Erickson has gone native in his own leper colony? (World Net Daily has largely avoided this whole awkward kerfuffle by dedicating basically its whole site to Obama birth certificate conspiracy theories. Can a whole Web site win a Hewitt award?)
This culture of heretic hunting intensified dramatically during the build-up to Election 2008, a time when Republican and Democratic tickets were pitted against one another.