The phenomenon isn’t confined to the left. We see it more and more frequently from the right-that-ought-to-know-better – or, perhaps, the right-that-ought-to-have-more-backbone. I wrote about one major instance of it last year during the crisis at the Bundy ranch, when conservative pundits whom we have counted on to bring logic and intellectual courage to public issues suffered “CLIF”: complete loss of intellectual function. They went from being able to talk about things like government limits and property rights to being unable to do anything except rail against Cliven Bundy.
The same thing is cropping up from too many on the right – along, of course, with the left – in the matters of Pamela Geller and her “Mohammed cartoon” contest, and the Jade Helm 15 exercise.