That's what I am -- befuddled. I was going to ignore the constant whining among moderate conservatives regarding the lack of intellectualism on the right, but this constant stream of blog posts which inevitably demean Limbaugh, Beck and Palin has become something other than simple criticism, it's an obsession.
It seems to me that the intellectuals of conservatism are silent -- if we had some current examples of their intellectual prowess regarding the state of progressive politics and what conservatism should stand for, then a stark contrast could be made to the discourse of Limbaugh, Beck and Palin, but I haven't seen such intellectual analysis forthcoming.
I have asked why this is, and the only reason I can think of for the dearth of moderate, intellectual analysis is that they voted for Obama and they can't find a way out of the conundrum.
Please, all you bloggers who are demeaning Limbaugh, Beck and Palin, show me the intellectual work which puts the modern situation in perspective-- where are these intellectuals. Write something yourself -- become the new conservative intellectuals, but, for all blog-readers' sake, stop with the whining if you have nothing better to offer.