Sunday, January 25, 2009

Guess who’s coming to dinner? Some "so-called conservatives."

These are the columnists who recently had dinner with Barack Omaba at the home of George Will. These are the people that Hannity and Limbaugh referred to as “so called conservatives.”

David Brooks: Brooks served as an editorial writer and film reviewer for the Washington Times, a reporter and later op-ed editor for The Wall Street Journal, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard from its inception, a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Atlantic Monthly, and a commentator on NPR. He is now a columnist for The New York Times and commentator on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

George Will: George Will is a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist and author and Washington Post columnist. Will served as an editor for the conservative magazine National Review from 1972 to 1978. He joined the Washington Post Writers Group in 1979, writing a syndicated twice-weekly column, which became widely circulated among newspapers across the country. In 1976, he became a contributing editor for Newsweek, writing a biweekly backpage column. He is a regualar panelist on This Week. He also was a teacher at Harvard University.

Charles Krauthammer: He is a Pulitzer Prize -winning syndicated columnist and, a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and The New Republic. Krauthammer appears regularly as a commentator on Fox News and as a weekly panelist on Inside Washington.

Peggy Noonan: She is an author of seven books on politics, religion and culture, a weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and was a primary speech writer and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan.

Larry Kudlow: He is a supply-side economist, television personality, and newspaper columnist. He is the host of CNBC's Kudlow & Company. As a syndicated columnist, his articles appear in numerous U.S. newspapers and web sites.

Bill Kristol: Kristol is the founder and editor of the political magazine The Weekly Standard, a regular commentator on the Fox News Channel, and a conservative op-ed columnist for the New York Times.

These educated and accomplished people are all solid conservatives. They are scholars, thinkers, theorist and are wise men and women. They are the best and the brightest the conservative movement has to offer. Although many of Rush’s listeners may not be familiar with them, every conservative who can read knows these luminaries of the conservative movement. I would trust their judgement over that of Hannity and Limbaugh any day of the week. Do you suppose Hannity and Limbaugh are simply jealous because deep down they know that are nothing but loud-mouthed entertainers and don’t deserve to be in the same room with these people? Hannity and Limbaugh are not worthy of shining the shoes of the likes of these people.

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  1. I find the fact of this dinner amazing. Do you know whose idea it was? Obama's? Or one of the Conservatives? Wouldn't it have been fascinating to be a fly on the wall at that dinner?

  2. Patricia,
    I am not certain who first initiated the dinner, but it was at the home of George Will and he hosted the event. One of the people in attendance said he was invited by Will. In addition to the prominent people in attendance there were other who are less well-known. The dinner was off the record and a guest list has not been released. There was “nine or ten” in attendance. No details of what was discussed have been released.

    This is what Kudlow had to say about the dinner and his impressions of Obama: “He is charming, he is terribly smart, bright, well-informed, he has a great sense of humor.” “He enjoys the back and forth, and he is not, you know, tough, mean, insulting, snarling, none of that stuff, and we weren't either.” “We just had a great back and forth, and he wants to keep the dialogue going with conservatives.”

    I cannot understand why some conservatives (and some liberals) have been so critical of this event. I think it is good if you can have a friendly relationship with people with whom you have differences. Just because you disagree with someone on a particular issues does not mean you have to dislike them. Just because they have a difference of opinion does not make them evil. I am glad this meeting occurred. I hope some of the demonizing of your opponents can end. I hope a less partisan atmosphere can emerge. If you like the other guy and don’t think of his as evil, you may can reach some sort of consensus. You can at least consider the other point of view.