It's gonna be the Johnny Rotten question: Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?
(Hey, it's new continuing feature! Lots of interesting and thoughtful comments last week, so I'm trying again).
At least a couple of liberal bloggers reacted to the various recent miniscandals by noting that conservatives talk show hosts and other opinion leaders basically treat their listeners/readers pretty badly. Here's TAP's Mori Dinauer: "Sometimes I wonder if the conservative media has more contempt for liberals or for the intelligence of its followers." I think there's a lot of truth to that. Speaking as someone who doesn't by any means think that conservatives are stupid or foolish or think that most conservatives have "authoritarian personalities" that predispose them to be sheep, I really don't know why conservative movement politics these days seems to attract so many snake-oil salesmen such as Newt Gingrich or Andrew Breitbart.
So, the question: ever get the feeling you've been cheated? Or, perhaps, speaking to intelligent conservatives who presumably see through the charlatans: what do you make of all of this? How do you explain, or how do you think about, the evident success of so many snake-oil salesmen on your side of the aisle?