1. Have conservative blogs gone ‘brain dead’?

    In a blog post about his reading habits, liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman acknowledged that he doesn’t habitually peruse conservative websites, because he can’t think of any “that regularly provide analysis or information I need to take seriously.” Andrew Sullivan at The Atlantic says that Krugman isn’t alone, and that the “brain dead right” is “paying a high cost for its unholy marriage to Limbaugh-style rhetoric.”

    It’s a lose-lose situation, says Kevin Drum at Mother Jones. The only reason to read the “loony blogs” is “entertainment value.” And, while the “non-insane conservatives” on the moderate right can make interesting points, they’re “so out of touch with mainstream conservatism” (which won’t concede that cutting taxes reduces revenue, or that climate change is man-made) that they feel irrelevant, too.

    More opinion here.

     
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    Dismiss fanatics at your peril. Zealotry is a powerful seduction. Witness the midterms.
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