If you’ve been on the intertubes at all, you might have come across a storm of indignation directed at comedian Kathy Griffin over what was a really tasteless, violent display directed at Trump. She was widely condemned by both pro- and anti-Trump supporters. On the left (defined very broadly), reactions ranged from Griffin is a tasteless idiot to outright disgust. In spite of that, the Mighty Conservative Wurlitzer has gone full tilt over this. Here’s the thing: they might not wish that they had.
As usual, the left is being forced to eat a shit sandwich entirely not of its own making. And there’s no point in noting the hypocrisy of someone like Ann Coulter, who made an entire career out of being vile, or Ted Nugent, whose reward for violent rhetoric is an invitation to the White House.
It doesn’t matter. It never matters. Words are merely weapons for them, and they lack meaning.
Right now, conservatives are blessed with their opponents: the left spent the day condemning Griffin. No one–and I mean no one–defended her. And the left’s reward for its high-mindness? The Fox News/Breitbart beast is still roaring in high dudgeon. Nothing will appease it.
At some point, the lesson the left will learn, as things get worse and the left more desperate, is that integrity and honesty are not their own rewards, that we do not and will not win because we are right but because we have power, that we too must wield words as weapons. The left can also say, “Fuck your feelings.”
That will be a very sad moment. And conservatives will wish we hadn’t learned that lesson.