Roger L. Simon

The New Litmus Test

Mark Follman, writing for Salon (sorry, interminable commercial necessary to read what should be free), criticizes my response to some AP photographs of a killing in Baghdad the other day. He makes some good points (and others not so good), but what interests me is that he immediately lumps me as a “conservative blogger,” although I favor gay marriage, a woman’s right to choose, etc. It seems that your attitude toward the war has become a new litmus test for ideology. No matter that some of us favor the war in part because we support the aforementioned positions. Follman and many of the more “traditionalist” left have been blinded by a monolithic approach to political thinking. Too bad for them. History is already passing them by.