Yesterday, I wrote that at its best, conservatism is open to self-examination, reflection and refinement. Now’s my chance to put it into effect.
On Monday, Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” responded to a comment made by Newt Gingrich during the weekend regarding Occupy Wall Street. I thought then, and I think now, that Brzezinski’s comments (as well as those by Jeffrey Sachs) were inappropriate and overdone. I’m still mystified by them. But in my comments about Brzezinski, I crossed a line, moving away from using the incident to highlight the emotional investment liberals have in OWS to targeting Brzezinski. Being tough in offering a critique is one thing; being gratuitous is another. There’s quite enough of that going on these days in political discourse without me adding to it.
I understand these things are subjective. But on reflection it’s clear to me, at least, that I shouldn’t have said what I did. Others have a different style, but it’s not how I’d like to conduct myself in my commentary on people and events. I certainly don’t agree with what Brzezinski said. In this case, though, it doesn’t matter. She’s owed an apology by me, which she now has.