Will the future be served: Filling in at the Washington Monthly last weekend, Elon Green made it look very easy.
Responding to Maureen Dowd’s latest breakdown, he offered a capsule account of the press corps’ conduct in Campaign 2000. “By the time George Bush took office, this was accepted wisdom,” Green correctly wrote:
Al Gore said he’d invented the Internet; announced that he had personally discovered Love Canal, the most infamous toxic-waste site in the country; and bragged that he and Tipper had been the sole inspiration for the golden couple in Erich Segal’s best-selling novel Love Story (made into a hit movie with Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal).“Of course, none of this was true,” Green said. “But thanks in no small part to an unquestioning press—led, in fact, by Dowd herself—voters swallowed it whole.”
We don't know if voters “swallowed it whole,” but the press corps mightily tried. If they changed even one percent of the vote (and they did), they changed that election’s outcome. And that was a very fateful election. We were soon on our way to Iraq.
In one paragraph, Green gave a capsule account of Campaign 2000—and he tied it to the disgraceful Dowd. It’s amazing how rarely this has been done by the career liberal world. From March 1999 on, your nation’s elites have all agreed to swallow this story—a story which is much more awful than the part Green so easily told.
There’s a reason for that silence, of course. Having lost their minds over President Clinton’s blow jobs, they all took part in the twenty-month war which sent Bush to the White House. And they will never say so. People like Dowd have never been asked, not even once, to explain all the things they did.
It has all been disappeared.
The world would be a saner place if voters got to hear the facts Green so easily rattled. The fuller story is simply amazing; here at THE HOWLER, we want to leave that story for voters of the future. Let’s face it: Contemporary voters will never hear the story of the press corps’ conduct during the Clinton-Gore years, when conservative power was congealing in Washington.
Contemporary voters will never hear about the events described in Fools for Scandal. They’ll never hear the full story which lies behind Green’s capsule account. But future voters may want to know—and they will deserve to hear. We’d like to leave them the story.
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Chapter 7 is coming next. The story gets worse and worse.
Elon Green made it look very easy. It’s stunning to think how rarely the public gets has been allowed to hear those facts. The full story ought to be told.
Why not pay history forward?