The Two Faces Of National Review
Once again, Adam Serwer is calling out Rich Lowry for criticizing Glenn Beck's loony ideas even as he publishes similar stuff:
Either these guys don't read their own magazines, or they're perfectly comfortable printing paranoid nonsense about American liberals and Islam if it fits with their political agenda. The only real difference between Beck, Kristol, and Lowry is that the latter two let the mask slip more often.
That goes a bit too far, but it's true that Lowry has published lots of indefensible work by Andy McCarthy. And every so often you'll see something at NRO that makes you wonder what exactly they're about:
That's telling, isn't it? An ideological adversary has a strange but substantively irrelevant habit putting ice in beer and the NRO reaction is an assertion that he hates the United States. In this iteration of conservatism, being a real American isn't about fealty to the Founding principles. It's all about cultural cues. Just like when the right trashed Barack Obama for putting mustard on his hamburger. (Yes, seriously.)
There's no excuse for a magazine with contributors as smart as Reihan, Ramesh, Jim Manzi, Kevin Williamson, Dan Foster, Yuval Levin, and others to engage in this sort of nonsense. It could be so much better.
Another image from the home page:
Never mind his disastrous policies conservatives love it when someone snubs those coastal elite celebrities... except when celebrity might be coopted to serve ideologically friendly ends:
This is what's become of The House That Buckley Built.