It’s a phrase we hear over and over on Twitter whenever someone criticizes morally troubling anti-leftist tactics used by members of the right. They say: “What are you, some sort of coward? What, are you worried about muh principles?” The phrase is meant to deride the supposed moral preening of those who criticize — they must think themselves high and mighty, whining about virtue where some good hard-nosed old-fashioned get-in-the-dirt-and-fight-’em tactics would do. Those worries about right and wrong just hamstring the right. “Muh principles” are a liability. Why can’t those weaklings just get over their supposed moral purity and fight in the trenches?
Now, I’m no fan of political cowardice. I wrote an entire book called “Bullies,” in which I blasted the left’s character assassination techniques. I routinely speak on college campuses in conditions that are less than physically secure. I’m more than happy to tell people things they don’t want to hear in political debate, and I’ve been threatened more than once for my trouble.