Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct

A couple posts from Salon. One of the better horse race articles, Which Democrat is a winner? and Greenwald on Peggy Noonan

So Peggy Noonan is a “grown-up.” She goes on ABC News and MSNBC and writes for the Wall St. Journal in order to opine and is widely respected by our media elite as a mature political commentator. She knows that “the next American president will very likely face another big bad thing, a terrible day, or days.” America therefore needs a President with “knowledge, judgment, a prudent understanding of the world.”

She thinks that America needs a good leader and despite that she thinks Bush is a good president because he has two of ’em. Which makes me wonder if Peggy and Chris Matthews were separated at birth,

– “We’re proud of our president. Americans love having a guy as president, a guy who has a little swagger, who’s physical.” [5/1/03]

Here are two very highly paid pundits. People who haven’t been known to break a sweat to earn an honest dollar. It is not my opinion, but two of America’s premiere pundits ( a sad state of punditry)  and their feelings on who should be president has the disturbing aura of fetishism. When Chris and Peggy go into the voting booth rather then having visions of competent leadership have visions of a murky den of clichéd manliness.

I’m in no way a Ron Paul supporter and probably never figure out the guy’s zealous support. Still his somewhat isolationist, old school Republican leanings seem to threaten the narrative of the nation building neoconservatives. So much so that he’s being banned by Fox from a forum of Republican presidential candidates.

Bill Kristol like most of our modern day Republicans has convictions that run deep. About as deep as a half filled teaspoon. He called on the New York Times to be prosecuted for reporting Bush’s crimes, but is all too happy to be on their payroll.

“Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.” ~ Thomas Carlyle