Rod Dreher, one of the most intellectually honest conservatives, takes his fellow conservatives to task for their hypocrisy over Dinesh D’Souza’s criminal breaking of campaign finance laws. The cries of selected persecution, without a shred of evidence, elicits this response:
I have no trouble believing that D’Souza may have been selectively prosecuted. But even if he was, that does not justify his knowingly breaking the law. Does this really have to be explained to conservatives, of all people? We can’t call for law and order, but carve out special exemptions for our political allies. This is what some on the establishment Right did for Cheney aide Scooter Libby when he was convicted for perjury. Joseph Bottum, for one, denounced conservatives who would not stand up for Libby as cowards.
It seems to me that it would require a good deal more courage for a conservative today to stand up and say, “Perjury is a serious crime, and it should be punished whether or not the perjurer is a highly placed Republican administration official.” All those lectures about the rule of law c. 1998 have to have meant something, or else most of the people calling for Clinton’s impeachment for perjury and obstruction of justice (who are now calling for Libby’s pardon) were impressively shameless hypocrites.
This is nothing but political tribalism, or what I often refer to as sports fan politics. Anything that is bad for anyone on your team is automatically viewed as a terrible injustice and any accusation against someone on the other team is automatically the Most Horrible Thing Ever. Liberals do it too, of course.