Vox Day offers to debate Michelle Malkin regarding her book, "In Defense of Internment," on September 25, 2004 on the Northern Alliance Radio Show. Eugene Volokh is calling on Christians to condemn certain extraordinarily condemnable remarks by Jimmy Swaggert regarding homosexuality. Eric Muller is noting the curious tendency of many in the right-wing blogosphere to express skepticism regarding Michelle Malkin's internment claims, but to nonetheless praise the book itself.* Different topics; same theme. Volokh puts it most directly:
This is one of the responsibilities of being part of an ideological movement, of urging others to join your movement, and of praising the movement as good for society: You need to police your own, or those who purport to be your own. Not an onerous responsibility, or an unreasonable imposition, it seems to me.
In other words: intellectual honesty and ethical acuity always trump ideological purity. Listen to the message before you kill the messenger. Police your own. Do the right thing.
Indeed, these are rules I someday hope to apply to my ideo-mate(s). 'Course, first I have find another liberal Republican . . . . who didn't praise Bush's handling of the Iraq war in prime time at the RNC. Really, I think all of them were there, and on message. (Apparently, my proposal to give a speech on "why the Iraq war was a noble thing, but Bush is an incompetent boob" was lost in the mail. Next time, maybe.)
*Muller's attack on Glenn Reynolds, however, is unfair: Reynolds forthrightly stated that "Muller makes a pretty strong case that [Malkin is wrong]." What more does Muller want? Reynolds to devote his blog to Malkin-Gate? A banner at the top of InstaPundit that reads "Malkin is still wrong?" Reynolds to knight Muller Blogospheric Champion par Excellance? (Are such Knighthoods available? If so, can I have one?) Gimme a break. Bloggers are allowed to post on that which they want to post, and if Reynolds wants to save all of his virtual ink for RatherGate, so be it.
UPDATE: Professor Muller indicates that he's updating his post's discussion of Reynold's coverage. Bravo for him.