Friday, July 25, 2003

Alterman Takes Down Kristol

Here's Eric Alterman at his very best - not only catching Bill Kristol recycling his father's "Commentary," from the communist-obssessed fifties, but thunbnailing it's precise significance.
Here's Bill:

“But the American people, whatever their doubts about aspects of Bush’s foreign policy, know that Bush is serious about fighting terrorists and terrorist states that mean America harm. About Bush’s Democratic critics, they know no such thing.”

Here's Irving:

“For there is one thing that the American people know about Senator McCarthy; he, like them, is unequivocally anti-Communist. About the spokesman for American liberalism, they feel they know no such thing.”

Here's Eric:

This is truly amazing. It explicitly links the Neocons’ exploitation of the threat of terrorism to that no-good drunken bum, Joe McCarthy, and his use of the charge of “Commie” to ruin lives on a whim through a deliberately stoked mass hysteria. I think there is a great deal of this going on right now, but even I would have been reluctant to go so far. But there it is. The charge worked for McCarthy — at least for a while — and Kristol now seems certain it will work for his team as well. Just one question: Have they no shame? At long last, have they no sense of decency left?

Remember this the next time a David Brooks, or a David Frum, or an Andrew Sullivan, or even a Joe Scarborough attempts to belittle comparisons on the left between now and then.