You know, location is everything sometimes… (Off the Trail, Washington Post)
“…By Jonathan Weisman
In the annals of the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama’s Auschwitz moment may yet become the stuff of legend.
For months, the Republican National Committee, grumbling John McCain staffers and an array of conservative bloggers have tried to label Obama as a serial exaggerator and an heir to Al Gore, who Republicans successfully tarred in 2000 as someone who claimed to have discovered Love Canal and invented the Internet.
It just wasn’t sticking.
Now, they think they’ve caught him red handed.
Obama didn’t mince words in the story of his uncle yesterday in New Mexico…”
And then this, completely brilliant, very witty analysis of the whole situation chez O & Co. I first saw it at No Quarter. What a writer, whew. Don’t miss this one, by Craig Della Pena:
“…When Obama first burst forth upon the political scene lo these many months ago, my gut reaction was: “he’s not ready”, now I have to add “and he never will be”. The fact that people don’t see his poisonous combination of arrogance and naiveté, intellectual ignorance and disinterest, his viciousness and contempt for others has been a consistent source of amazement for me. I can only explain it by referring to a religious/cult model. As I recently discussed in my journal on creationism
Obama on the one hand is curiously apathetic about any actual prescriptions for the body politic. His position on any particular subject is not even apparent until someone with substance (Hillary, for example) publishes her position, then, within a few days, Obama comes out with a copy of that proposal (with a few insignificant changes) and trumpets it as a breakthrough, ‘transformational’ event…”
And from today’s paper, the fabulous LAT, Jonah Goldberg has a serious note. We’ve mentioned him before when we talked about his book on Fascism. Good Jonah’s on that, and on this in an op-ed.