"Joe Conason" is an American journalist, author and liberal political commentator. He writes a column for Salon.com and has written a number of books, including Big Lies (2003), which addresses what he says are myths spread about liberals by conservatism/conservatives. He currently is editor-in-chief at The National Memo, a leftwing political newsletter and website.

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The smarter conservatives, in my view, probably know that a lot of the things they're saying are not true, which only makes them say them with greater certainty. But there's another level of conservative spokesperson who probably believes every word of his or her propaganda and are immune to facts, immune to argument.

Democrats - most Democrats, anyway - have that attitude towards human sexuality and morality in general, that if you're not harming someone else, you should pretty much be able to manage your own private affairs. The Republicans are eager to interfere in other people's private business.

As far as I can tell, the Republicans, at least on Capitol Hill, are far more immoral, by their own standards, than the Democrats are.