Debbie Schlussel Makes Me Feel Smart
Debbie Schlussel was criticized by Octavia Nasr in one of the CNN blogs for her repeated attacks on Miss USA Rima Fakih. Ms. Schlussel, in turn, got bent out of shape because Ms. Nasr referred to her as a neoconservative, which she believes is "an anti-Semitic slur."
Really, Debbie Schlussel? Really?
Neoconservative is an anti-Semitic slur? Really?
Neoconservatism is generally defined as being a branch of conservative thought that advocates for using economic and military power to export American values abroad. Wikipedia's entry on it is here. Merriam-Webster Dictionary has a similar definition that's available here.
Differentiating neoconservatives from other types of conservatives is relevant simply because they have significant philosophical differences other branches of conservatism. Fiscal conservatives, for example, are opposed to much of what neoconservatives advocate for because it invariably involves spending massive amounts of tax dollars.
If a certain school of political thought has a definition with no bearing on one's religious affiliation, and is applied equally to all share said ideology irrespective of their religion then, by definition, it can't be viewed as a slur against any religion. Therefore, it is complete nonsense to call neoconservatism an anti-Semitic slur.
All of which leads me to conclude that God created Debbie Schlussel to make the rest of us feel smart.