FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012
The logic that simply won’t leave: We strongly recommend Kevin Drum’s recent post, The Hypocrisy Trope That Won't Die.
Drum’s post concerns the claim that Obama is being hypocritical by supporting Priorities USA Action, a Democratic super-PAC. To us, the logic here is grindingly obvious. But Drum is right—this narrative never dies.
An earlier manifestation:
During Campaign 2000, the New York Times endlessly suggested that Candidate Gore was being a hypocrite on an even stupider basis. Gore had proposed public financing of elections. But in the absence of such laws, he was still raising private money! Just like Candidate Bush! In the small slow mind of Katharine “Kit” Seelye, this suggested a vast moral breakdown. To recall the relentless way she and her colleagues punished Gore’s misconduct, see THE DAILY HOWLER, 3/20/02.
Warning! Cover the eyes of the children and pets! And no! According to Nexis, no one else has ever used the word “ca-CHINGed” in the New York Times! It’s amazing that this nonsense occurred, more amazing that liberals allowed it.
Pols should play by the rules which exist. You’d think this logic would be obvious—but as a mattger of fact, it isn’t. This Wednesday, Lynn Neary and Ken Rudin seemed thoroughly bollixed by this logic on NPR’s Talk of the Nation.
Suitably cued, so were some of their listeners.
We listened as we rolled in the car. Incomparably, we shook our head while holding the road and remembering “Kit” Seelye’s strange conduct.