As NewsBusters routinely reports, one of the tricks the liberal media employs to discredit conservatives is to seek opinions from supposedly right-leaning commentators who are really nothing more than Republicans In Name Only often sharing much the same views espoused by the left.
One such "conservative" media darling is ABC political contributor Matthew Dowd who on Sunday's This Week said, "If I were people, I wouldn't be taking political advice from Bill Kristol who selected Sarah Palin as one of his leading figures in the national Republican Party, which was obviously a disaster in 2008" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST: Meanwhile, Matthew Dowd, I was struck this week by the number of Republican voices in the House who said no way, no how. And also outside the House, Bill Kristol, a leading Republican commentator in the Weekly Standard.
Here's what he wrote this week. He said: "Comprehensive immigration reform, just say no." He said "not only is it bad policy, but it would be good politics to stop the Senate bill."
Here's what he said: "It may be reassuring to elected officials that doing the right thing won't hurt politically in 2014 or in, most likely, 2016. The House GOP, for the sake of party and country should say no. No capitulation. No comprehensive bill and no conference."
MATTHEW DOWD: Well, if I were people, I wouldn't be taking political advice from Bill Kristol who selected Sarah Palin as one of his leading figures in the national Republican Party, which was obviously a disaster in 2008.
Now in fairness to Dowd, I actually think he's a very bright guy that often makes salient points.
However, he's clearly a moderate Republican at best having been a Democrat until 1999.
More importantly, it is well-documented that Dowd left the George W. Bush administration on very bad terms with most in it after which he promptly gave an interview to the New York Times in April 2007 wherein he said he had lost faith in Bush.
“I think he’s become more, in my view, secluded and bubbled in," Dowd told the enemy of conservatives across the fruited plain.
Wrote the Times, "Mr. Dowd, 45, said he hoped in part that by coming forward he would be able to get a message through to a presidential inner sanctum that he views as increasingly isolated."
He might not have been able to get his message through to the Bush administration, but he certainly did to ABC News who hired him months later.
As such, he now under the pretense of being a conservative gets paid to regularly bash real conservatives like Kristol and Palin.
And this is one of the contributors ABC regularly trots out to give America views "from the right."
Nice work if you can get it I guess.