From The Atlantic:
Something special happened Monday on the Rush Limbaugh radio program. Its host set out to explain why conservatives won't be defending New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during the bridge scandal in the same way that they rallied behind Clarence Thomas during his 1991 nomination to the Supreme Court. And in doing so, Limbaugh provided an unusually frank account of how he and his followers reach snap judgments about what is true and what isn't true. This monologue laid bare the epistemology of talk-radio "conservatism."In all its ridiculous simplicity, this is the basic premise of Rush's blathering:
Were Christie and his supporters all true conservatives, they would be assured that Christie is in the right. Whereas as non-conservatives, the only way to ascertain the truth is a dispassionate analysis, qualified with hedges such as, If he's lying about everything, then he isn't blameless after all. Christie may well be innocent, Limbaugh argues, but no one can no for sure because he isn't a conservative.Well, isn't that special. So, in a nutshell, from Rush's own dessicated, drug-addled brain and big mouth, this is how it works: True conservatives NEVER lie. Leftists ALWAYS lie.
Ergo, Christie is probably lying because he's a squishy Obama-hugging RINO. Okay, got it.
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