MCCARTHY VS. HIS EMPLOYER…. National Review editor Rich Lowry recently had an item that argued, “The birthers have been denounced by every reputable conservative.” That raised a few eyebrows because one of Lowry’s employees, right-wing writer, Andy McCarthy, has used his National Review perch to argue the opposite.

This week, McCarthy and his employer are at it again.

The latest National Review editorial gently chides Sarah Palin and other far-right Republicans pushing the “death panel” nonsense. The magazine’s editorial board concludes that the conservative accusation is a “leap across a logical canyon.” The piece goes on to warn against “hysteria.”

This prompted McCarthy to once again take issue with his own magazine’s argument.

I happen to think that something like death panels is exactly what is desired by Obama — who is an abortion extremist, who supported a form of infanticide when he was an Illinois state legislator, and who has wondered aloud about the value of end-of-life care provided for his own grandmother. […]

The whole point of health-care “reform” is to enable something other than the combination of individual liberty and market forces — namely, government bureaucrats — to do the inevitable rationing.

McCarthy concludes that Palin was right, and that the common sense, bipartisan measure about reimbursing voluntary end-of-life counseling was “horrible.”

I found A.L.’s response quite compelling.

So to sum up, McCarthy is livid about the (imaginary) evil death panels that Sarah Palin managed to save us from and believes that Obama wants to create such panels in order to cut off care for the elderly, thereby allowing them to “wither away prematurely” (which, apparently, Obama wanted to happen to his own grandmother). McCarthy, on the other hand, believes we should let “liberty and the market” take care of our elderly people, a suggestion that would demonstrably result in most elderly people not having access to health care.

This man — this lunatic — is writing for THE flagship conservative publication in this country.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.