"Not One of Us"
Mark Shea (here and here), Rod Dreher (here), and Morning's Minion (here) all take National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez to task for this statement excommunicating Sen. John McCain from the conservative movement:
I don’t see how such a man wins the Republican nomination. I’m second to none in praising him on his surge leadership. But on a whole host of issues — including water boarding, tax cuts, and the freedom of speech — he’s not one of us.(emphasis added)
I'm dumbfounded that support for torture is now considered a necessity for proving one's conservative bona fides to certain pundits among the "conservative" chattering class. And Lopez is a Catholic? Shameful.
Look, I've stated before that I'm no fan of John McCain. But his stance on torture is something to be admired, not derided. And given his own history of being tortured as a POW in Southeast Asia, McCain speaks on the issue from a position of particular moral authority. McCain has certainly betrayed conservatives on issues in the past, but this ain't one of them.
But to the extent other conservatives believe opposition to torture to be a betrayal - to the extent support for torture is now part and parcel of what it means to be part of the "conservative movement" in America today, then count me out. You can consider me to be "not one of us", as well.