In the category of "2010 Best Post of the Year", "An Open Letter to Conservatives" by AmericanDad (aka Russell King) stands out like a Kilimanjaro in a WalMart parking lot.
Post of the Year -OR- The Last 40 summed up in one blogpost
An Open Letter to Conservatives
Jaw-dropping in its brutal truths. Each allegation backed up; fully sourced. Laying out the utter ugliness of our present, how we got here and sage advice for cleaning up the mess.
The "Open Letter" was an astounding document for three reasons.
First, its sheer scholarship: While the rest of us were making perfectly good and often quite beautiful scarves and suits, Mr. King was weaving a nearly-comprehensive Bayeux Tapestry of the Right's sins, crimes, lies and hypocrisies for the last 30 years. As a act of prosecutorial carpet-bombing it is simply unrebuttable.
Second, its humane message: for all of its reams of damning indictments, ultimately what Mr. King really wants if for Conservatives to stop being rage-drunk, paranoid thugs and rejoin the ongoing, national grownup conversation about governance.
Third, sadly, is its apparently futility. Based on the comments it generated, the reaction from the Right side of the blogoshpere and my own, anecdotal experiences, it had the effect on Conservatives of putting on a Picasso retrospective in the Valley of the Blind. By and large, those on the Right automatically discounted it in toto as being just the sort of thing a "Liberal" would do, and why would they waste their time pawing through a bunch of Marxist, George-Soros-funded whatever whatever.
Also Unions and Brown People are to blame for all of your problems. ACORN is worse than 11 Hitlers. And Libs and Dum-o-craps Hate America.
Furthermore, based on my same, non-scientific evaluation, those who hang onto Centrism in exactly the same desperate way a knee-walking drunks hang onto walls and street lamps coped with this absolute fire-hose of evidence that the Right really has lost its collective mind by mumbling something about being pretty sure that somebody somewhere could probably do just as big a list about the Left (while declining, of course, to proffer even the slightest sliver of proof to support their idiotic assertion) before scuttling off to masturbate to old David Brooks columns.
None of which in any way diminishes the scale of Mr. King's accomplishment.
It should, however, make it abundantly clear to every Liberal that now that the Right has self-lobotomized to the point where any relationship between "lying, cheating and fucking things horribly, horribly up" and "begin held accountable" has been completely severed (and now that the media has made it perfectly clear that they have no problem with that whatsoever) the days of winning elections using conventional political warfare are over.