In pronouncing the McClellan affair "played out," The Corner's house intellectual Rich Lowry concludes the conservative world's interest in the matter by citing "one of John O'Sullivan's laws: that any organization that's not explicitly conservative becomes liberal over time." Here's how the law functioned in this case:
[McClellan] was fine with being a kind of conservative as long as he was surrounded (more or less) with conservatives and it suited his career interests. But once you ripped him out of that context and put him among liberal book editors and told him that writing a lefty book would get more attention and sales, he was fine with being a kind of liberal.More...
Clearly liberals have sapped and impurified McClellan's precious bodily fluids. Thus spaketh O'Sullivan! And just because you could substitute for the word "liberal" in Lowry's post practically any other pejorative -- say, "poopypants" -- and it would make equal sense (or nonsense, as the case may be), that doesn't make conservatism any less AWESOME than it truly is. It just doesn't, okay?
Oh, and I checked: there's actually only the one "O'Sullivan Law." It's called "O'Sullivan's First Law," though, so there may be more coming. I came up with a few suggestions for subsequent entries:
1. Any organization that's not explicitly conservative becomes liberal over time.Your submissions are welcome, as always, in comments.
2. Conservatives are purrrfect.
3. Libruls suck!
4. I am not, you are.