Thursday, December 12, 2002

I'm not sure why, but I'm a bit surprised by Jonah Goldberg's silence on the McCain matter. I doubt Goldberg needs to work for the Times so I can only guess he's a bit intimidated by the thought of going against the whole Moon empire. It's hard to imagine that the top people at The Washington Times would really want a secessionist bigot to be one of their editors... or is it? Their editor in chief, Wesley Pruden, isn't exactly unsympathetic to the confederacy, as this speech to the United Daughters of the Confederacy demonstrates:

But we do love another country. Southerners, who as Faulkner said uniquely understand that the past is not dead because it is not even past, hold loyalty to two countries in our hearts. No man's heart races more than mine to the sight of the Stars and Stripes rippling in the breeze, no man means it more than I to recite my Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America for all to hear. My heart is glad because I had the honor to wear the uniform of my country. And yet, like all Southerners, I hold dear in that most secret place of the heart, another country a country baptized 137 years ago on this very field in the blood of First Manassas, a country no longer at the mercy of the vicissitudes in the tangled affairs of men, a country that lives within us, a country that will endure for as long as men and women know love, and are faithful to the love of country, the love of God, and the love of each other. God bless America, God bless the memory of the Confederate States of America, and God bless you all.

Not such a big deal, perhaps, but apparently he has written from Southern Partisan Magazine as well. According to this index (can anyone track it down?) he wrote an article mocking "the Southern Baptist Convention's recent apology to blacks," as well as being interviewed for the magazine in 1993. While he can't be blamed for the sins of his father, it should be noted that his father was the Chaplain and Co-Founder for the Arkansas White Citizen's Council. The other co-founder was Judge Jim Johnson, Clinton Cock Hunter extraordinaire.

But, in any case, maybe Jonah's just a bit scared of opening up that particular box...he might not like what he finds inside, or what it does to his career.