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Ross Douthat, a/k/a Chunky Reese Witherspoon, writes a column this morning and just cannot bring himself to write the word "Obama" even though his topic is the capture of Osama bin Laden, by Obama's orders.  (Trust me.  I even did a word search.)

I can't figure out how this compares with Joe Scarborough's sneering diss of the the Democratic "base" today, but along with the graceless other comments or non-comments by GOP candidates and pundits, it certainly fits  their character.

I believe that with the tables reversed, Dems would have been effusive in their praise of Bush or any Republican who also captured bin Laden.  First, because it's the right thing to do.  Second, because the "liberal" media would go after them hammer and tongs if public Dems. did anything less than genuflect after the capture or killing.

By contrast, I doubt that those who made the non-comments, back-handed comments or bizarre comments like Joe S. will pay much or any price.

Finally,  if Rumsfeld et al. are saying that continuity with Bush resulted in OBL's capture, surely they also believe that the persistence of a slow recovery is also attributable to Bush policies.

Right?  Anyone? Cantor? Bueller? Ben Stein?

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    The GOP: "You can always go to the Emergency Room."

    by Upper West on Mon May 02, 2011 at 10:22:41 AM PDT

  •  I thought the dems would be better too...but... (0+ / 0-)

    when i did some research to post a diary saying that -- comparing the dem reaction to the capture of saddam to the operation againt bin laden -- the way we reacted then was pretty much the same as the way they reacted now.

    made me sad. and embarrassed.

    •  Not having done the research myself (5+ / 0-)

      I can't measure the differences in reaction all that well.  However, it seems to me that this comparison rests upon a false equivalency.  Saddam Hussein was not OBL. Morally repellent though Saddam was (and Hussein was most definitely a villain), we attacked Iraq, not the other way round. Moreover, we did so under false pretenses. Capturing the enemy leader in a war we never should have entered in the first place (and most Dems who were paying attention held that opinion) simply did not merit a great deal of triumphalism.  

      My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
      --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

      by leftist vegetarian patriot on Mon May 02, 2011 at 10:48:23 AM PDT

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      •  Not that I really care for chants of USA! USA! (0+ / 0-)

        under any circumstances (we're not a sports franchise), but if Americans are going to celebrate a military victory (and that is exactly what this was) it seems appropriate that they celebrate one with considerably more meaning than the capture of a dictator we propped up and then arbitrarily knocked down.

        My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
        --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

        by leftist vegetarian patriot on Mon May 02, 2011 at 10:58:29 AM PDT

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  •  So I open my NYT this morning, (2+ / 0-)

    and after reading Krugman's column, I glance over at Douthat.  I'm surprised that he's got a column on the death of OBL.  I wonder to myself, how was this guy able to get this done by deadline, seeing as the president didn't even speak until around 11:20 pm last night.  

    Then I wonder if, like obit writers, he had this one already to go waiting for the day when it will be ready to pull off his hard drive.  There's no mention of the president in all this because, I'm willing to bet, he had it waiting for sometime, expecting that he could publish during the Bush administration.  

    Of course, he had to strike the praise that he heaped on W;
    I'm sure Douthat would have love to have added some well turned words of approval for the president who did fulfill his promise, but his deadline just didn't allow it.  

  •  I think you're expecting too much (0+ / 0-)

    That column is about American right wing paranoia and their relief that it didn't bear out, followed by some gratuitous posthumous gloating that democracy and all won out.

    Douthat is a variety of religious fanatic, the column is at bottom about the two tropes you can find in all his columns:  the oblivious narcissism of the American Right, and whether or not human beings are too weak and full of bad judgment to sustain good societies without ongoing supernatural assistance.

    Obama doesn't really fit into those tropes in this instance.  This column can be summarized as "Boy I'm glad the paranoid fantasies I indulged didn't turn out to happened."

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