Let's quickly remind ourselves of this seminal theory:
It used to be the case that in order to be considered a "liberal" or someone "of the Left," one had to actually ascribe to liberal views on the important policy issues of the day – social spending, abortion, the death penalty, affirmative action, immigration, "judicial activism," hate speech laws, gay rights, utopian foreign policies, etc. etc. These days, to be a "liberal," such views are no longer necessary.
Now, in order to be considered a "liberal," only one thing is required – a failure to pledge blind loyalty to George W. Bush. The minute one criticizes him is the minute that one becomes a "liberal," regardless of the ground on which the criticism is based. And the more one criticizes him, by definition, the more "liberal" one is.
...The blind faith placed in the Federal Government, and particularly in our Commander-in-Chief, by the contemporary "conservative" is the very opposite of all that which conservatism has stood for for the last four decades....
And in that regard, people like Michelle Malkin, John Hinderaker, Jonah Goldberg and Hugh Hewitt are not conservatives. They are authoritarian cultists. Their allegiance is not to any principles of government but to strong authority through a single leader.
...And as excessive as the Bush Administration’s measures have been thus far...I am quite certain that people like John Hinderaker, Jonah Goldberg and Jeff Goldstein, to name just a few, are prepared to support far, far more extreme measures than the ones which have been revealed thus far.
Now, since the Dubai port deal is in the news, let's see how the Authoritarian Cultists are handling it. Per the Greenwald/Daou Theorem, Hewitt, Malkin, Hinderaker, Goldstein and Goldberg should be re-labeling folks like crazy. Let's see:
From Hugh Hewitt:
The Bush Administration needs to back away from this deal as quickly as possible.
Should we score that as an example of Hewitt re-labelling Bush as a liberal? Yeah, let's!
From Michelle Malkin:
HOW THE PORT SELLOUT WAS FINANCED
Dubai media outlets are calling critics and skeptics of the port sellout "Islamophobes."
If demanding that our government put American security interests above foreign business interests makes me an "Islamophobe," and if wanting to know the full details of the who, what, when, where, and why of this UAE government deal, secretly approved by the Treasury Dept.-led Committee on Foreign Investments in the US, makes me an "Islamophobe," I plead guilty.
Well, that is clear - I am sure Mr. Daou will agree that in this example, Ms. Malkin re-labeled the entire Middle East as "liberal".
John Hinderaker: Nothing on the Dubai ports yet, although Scott Johnson is hammering their crusade on the blackout in Minnesota of some contra-Sheehan soldier's stories.
Easy to score - Mr. Hinderaker is busy working on his post re-labeling Hewitt and Malkin as "liberals".
Jeff Goldstein: Mr. Goldstein took a strong stand last night in an attempt to rebel against the Authoritarian Cultists; fortunately, his implanted biofeedback control chip has allowed the Cult to disable him.
So there you go, Mr. Daou - evidence everywhere that this "seminal" theory is alive, well, and successfully predicting the behavior of prominent righty bloggers.
One might think that Messrs. Greenwald and Daou would care to share this new validation with their readership.
We're talking Real Breakthrough Stuff here.
UPDATE: Jonah Goldberg joins in:
I've been very rough on Bush of late and I agree entirely with the now-obvious consensus that the UAE deal is bad politics. I'm even somewhat convinced that it's bad policy. But I can't help but get the whiff of hysteria in all of this. Hillary Clinton's getting to the right of Bush, talk radio's going through the roof, Republican presidential wannabes are lining up to distance themselves from the president...
...All this in response to a largely paper transaction (longshoremen will keep their jobs, the coast guard will still handle security, etc etc) between a British-owned and Arab-owned firm. In fact, it doesn't seem overwhelmingly obvious to me that Jihadis would have a much harder time infiltrating a British firm than an Arab one. But mostly, I'm skeptical that this is the security disaster everyone claims because domestic national security is one of the few areas where I really do trust this White House to err on the side of safety. For five years, liberals have been saying that Bush is an obsessed madman when it comes to the terror threat. And for five years conservatives have been saying, trust him. Suddenly, all of that goes out the window. Again, I think Bush is probably wrong on the merits. But, I somehow doubt he's as widly wrong as the mob claims.
I agree with JPod entirely that there is a second term dynamic to all of this. I just think that goes for a lot of conservatives as well.
Tough to score - I think Goldberg is labeling J-Pod a "liberal" here. Judges?
OUT OF THE WOODWORK: Glenn Greenwald responds. I will have a more complete reply after I stop laughing - his explanation that facts are for intellectual cowards is priceless.
Lest you doubt:
Tom, as well as Taranto, exhibit a good amount of intellectual cowardice by purposely refusing to say whether they actually dispute the existence of this phenomenon or whether they simply think that I provided insufficiently clear examples of it.
Conclusions first, evidence to follow! No cowards amongst Greenwald's acolytes!