So here they come. Again.
The Left Wing Media Machinus Maximus once more trundles the old rusty guns into place and starts firing…sort of. These old cannons date back to at least the late 1940s. Let’s run the list.
1948: Congressman Richard Nixon becomes famous as the man who helped Time magazine editor Whittaker Chambers reveal Alger Hiss, a Harvard Law grad and ex-aide to FDR and Truman, was in fact a Soviet spy. The accusation turns out to be true and Hiss goes to jail.
RESPONSE: Media smears both Nixon and Chambers. Nixon, nominated for VP on Eisenhower’s ticket in 1952, is accused of unethical behavior in a “scandal” that involves a fund in which wealthy supporters pay for travel expenses. Nixon is forced to defend himself on television. Opponent Adlai Stevenson has same kind of fund, media doesn’t care.
1951: William F. Buckley, Jr.’s first book, God and Man at Yale, is published.
RESPONSE: Among a list of of charges, Buckley is accused of being a Nazi, a Fascist, a Stalinist and…oh yes…simply obnoxious.
1964: Barry Goldwater is nominated for president by the GOP, beginning of the modern conservative movement success in presidential politics.
RESPONSE: Goldwater is accused of wanting to drop nuclear weapons on Vietnam, racism, mental instability, in need of a psychiatrist, supporting violence, and being a Nazi sympathizer.
1966: Ronald Reagan runs for Governor of California.
RESPONSE: Reagan is accused of being an extremist, a nut, a member of the John Birch Society, an idiot, stupid, dumb a Fascist and a racist.
1988: Dan Quayle is nominated for vice president by the GOP.
RESPONSE: Quayle is accused of being not very bright, dumb, an air-head, a fool, a draft-dodger.
2000: George W. Bush is nominated for president to run against Al Gore.
RESPONSE: Bush is accused of being dumb, stupid, a hopeless drunk, a fascist, a fundamentalist Christian extremist.
2004: Dick Cheney is re-nominated for vice-president.
RESPONSE: Cheney is accused of being a right-wing fanatic who wants to blow up the world, evil, a habitual liar, a Fascist, a Nazi and a racist.
2008: Sarah Palin is nominated for vice president.
RESPONSE: Palin is accused of being dumb, stupid, a right-wing crazy, and idiot and a fool.
2010: Sharron Angle, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, Joe Miller, and now Christine O’Donnell are all nominated in upsets of conservatives over the GOP Establishment.
RESPONSE: All are accused of being wackos, idiots, extremists, dumb, crazy and more.
Today, the New York Times runs a hit piece on Christine O’Donnell painting her as a “perennial protest candidate” and “provocateur,” and slams her for not catering to the national media (hmmm.) Newsweek discusses her “notoriety.”
This after a campaign in which Ms. O’Donnell has been pictured as…you guessed it…a nut, a slut, an idiot, dumb, a witch, a fool, crazy as a bedbug etc.
And…oh yes… Bill Maher openly tries to blackmail O’Donnell with a threat to run old clips from a failed TV show unless she does what he wants — come on his show.
Does anyone notice something peculiar here?
When did this kind of thing begin?
That’s right — the late 1940s. Just as the Cold War began with what proved to be a fifty-year-plus death struggle between the Communist Soviet Union and the United States. And what has been the compelling issue in American political life from that time to this very day?
Let’s let William F. Buckley sum it up: “I believe that the duel between Christianity and atheism is the most important in the world. I further believe that the struggle between individualism and collectivism is the same struggle reproduced on another level.”
Today the collectivist media crowd swipes yet again. From Nixon to Chambers to Buckley, Goldwater, Reagan, Quayle, Bush. Palin and today’s O’Donnell, Angle, Miller, Paul, Lee and Rubio — and conservative media from Fox News to talk radio — the song is always the same. Only the verse is different.
And the opponents? The liberal in-crowd? The liberal media Double-Standard is always, always in play. From Alger Hiss to Chris Coons they have gotten press that makes them everything from demi-Gods to just swell happy-go-lucky Joe averages. The Times presents Coons today as “happy to tick off events” he’s attended, just a determined hard-worker busily engaged in “retail politics.” And so forth. Nary a word about Coons stonewalling on controversial Yale Divinity School courses from which he says he draws his values that he will take to Washington. Zero on Coons bringing his social justice theories to New Castle, Delaware public policy. Less than zero on his devotion to liberation theology. Nothing. Nada. Zip.
Everybody gets the game. And the game is over.