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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Exit Stage Left

While this is not necessarily an incident that is on par with hordes of rats fleeing a sinking ship, it is fairly close to it considering that powerful conservative bloggers can control the base of the movement.

Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs, a conservative-leaning political blog, officially announced his break with the right in a post on Monday evening. Johnson is co-founder of Pajamas Media, and Little Green Footballs has been named one of the top 100 most popular blogs.

Conservatives love a defector – so long as it’s their side that the person is defecting to. We’ve seen this with such notable conservative luminaries as the insanely unstable David Horowitz and most recently with writer/director David Mamet. The later garnered some modercum of celebrity within the conservative movement ( for a few days ) considering his background in theatre in film. The Right saw him as somewhat of a validation of their cause, that they could even snag someone from the evil clutches of the Liberal elite that exerted control over the whole of the entertainment industry.

Johnson's reasons for breaking away from the luncacy that the conservative movement has become seem to touch aspect of the movement that aren't focused on by many and some that are simply ignored in total.

Here's a few:

1. Support for fascists, both in America (see: Pat Buchanan, Robert Stacy McCain, etc.) and in Europe (see: Vlaams Belang, BNP, SIOE, Pat Buchanan, etc.)

2. Support for bigotry, hatred, and white supremacism (see: Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, Robert Stacy McCain, Lew Rockwell, etc.)

3. Support for throwing women back into the Dark Ages, and general religious fanaticism (see: Operation Rescue, anti-abortion groups, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, the entire religious right, etc.)

4. Support for anti-science bad craziness (see: creationism, climate change denialism, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, James Inhofe, etc.)

5. Support for homophobic bigotry (see: Sarah Palin, Dobson, the entire religious right, etc.)

6. Support for anti-government lunacy (see: tea parties, militias, Fox News, Glenn Beck, etc.)

Considering that LGF and Pajamas Media are two places in on the internet that some of the most prominent conservatives have linked to, referenced, or played a part in, it's rather odd that this hasn't been mentioned by people like Michelle Malkin or HotAir. Actually, it's not odd, as Malkin and HotAir's Ed Morrissey are more than likely distancing themselves from this story as much as possible. They would rather focus on the things that drove Johnson away. And it's likely that more will follow.

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