Conservative antennae

Jay Nordlinger writes on NRO:

Back to Edwards for a moment. I admit I’m ultra-sensitive to media bias (even while others are dull about it) — but didn’t the senator’s “Under us, the crippled will stand up and walk” sermon get awfully little play?

Actually, I agree that it got amazingly little play, although it wasn’t quite as bad as it seemed at first when read in full. (You have to love ellipses….) I even assume that it got little play precisely because left-liberals didn’t want to damage the Edwards campaign.

Of course, this is also why Nordlinger and everyone else at National Review (except for the irrepressible Derbyshire) have been totally silent on the alleged wrongdoings, moral and intellectual, of their friends The Freaky Factor and the Gestapette.

Nordlinger also complains:

So, John Edwards is making fun of George W. Bush for having been a cheerleader in school, while he, Macho John, was on the football field.

Look, if you’re going to be a male cheerleader, you’re never going to hear the end of it and rightly so. There’s no excuse. I don’t agree with John Edwards on just about anything, but I’m right there in the trenches with him on this one.