Friday, January 21, 2005

A deal with the devil he cannot disclaim

One of The New Republic's staff writers forgot to get his press credentials cleared in time for Inauguration Day, and ended up having to cover - rather than a swanky ball - one of the famed "counter-inaugural" protests, and by this accident seems to have discovered something many of us on the right and centre have known for years: The angry left isn't just misguided idealists. Most of them are genuinely, repellently evil. Needless to say, this wasn't much fun. I could have thrown a stone as far as my strength allowed and still have been certain of not hitting a crab cake. On the other hand, everyone else seemed to be having a good time. The hundred or so people there frequently applauded and hollered, and, as expected, phrases like "exposing Bush for what he is--a cold-blooded killer" were particular hits. I didn't even think there was much to report on. After all, who cares what the ideological fringe of the losing side has to say? But the more I heard, the more I became convinced that I had discovered something truly threatening: This band of socialists was the most effective recruiting tool for the Republican Party I'd ever encountered. [...] These weren't harmless lefties. I didn't want Nancy Pelosi talking sense to them; I wanted John Ashcroft to come busting through the wall with a submachine gun to round everyone up for an immediate trip to Gitmo, with Charles Graner on hand for interrogation. Yow. Even facetiously, that's a telling admission. There's such a thing as being a principled and honourable opposition, and these freaks aren't interested in any such thing. How many more of these 'eureka' moments will be needed before liberals as a whole - and/or the Democratic Party - realize that such repellent behaviour will only keep losing elections? Democrats have cleansed themselves of the dangerously unstable wing of their party before, in the late 40s, with communists. I hope they can do it again, and soon.


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