Shorter James Kirchick: I can’t get laid because of “liberal intolerance”

By Kathy G.

This is a little old, but better late than never.

It’s a piece by James Kirchick, a New Republic writer who happens to be Martin Peretz’s assistant. He’s a wanker of the first order, but interesting because he embodies a lot of the worst tendencies of “centrist” (read: neoconservative) media discourse in general and the New Republic in particular.

In this piece, he bitches about how hard it is to find a date when you’re gay and conservative. But he doesn’t blame that on the paucity of out, gay conservatives. Instead, it’s somehow the liberals’ fault. Here’s his reaction after his most recent boyfriend dumps him, allegedly because of their different political orientations:

So much for dating a proud, progressive, and ostensibly tolerant liberal. But with him, as with other liberals I know, tolerance does not always extend to appreciating someone else’s differing political views. Now living in Cambridge and having grown up in the suburbs of Boston and gone to school at Yale, I’ve been surrounded by liberals for nearly all of my life. Most would be astonished to hear that they’re the most intolerant people I’ve ever met.

Where do I even begin with this?