Wow. Pete Wehner does a take-down, a pin-to-the-mat, and a knockout, all in one motion, in this devastating assault on the blatherings of The New Republic’s Jonathan Chait. Wehner starts by noting these words from a Dec. 2008 Chait column: The practical import of the Obama mandate debate has fallen on the question of whether he should pursue his goal of comprehensive health care reform, which numerous pundits and even some Democrats have tagged as dangerously ambitious. But this is one area where undiluted liberalism enjoys overwhelming public support.
Ouch. If quoting one’s own words back at them can be painful, this is excruciating, even without Wehner’s subsequent on-target comments. Of the Chait excuse-making now, Wehner writes: “It is all rather pathetic.” Yes, it is.
This is the same Jonathan Chait, remember, who in March of 2004 wrote a whole column about his “hate” for George W. Bush. Not disagreement with, not criticism of, but hatred. At great length — GREAT length — Chait fulminated about why it was logical, right, fair, intelligent, and even a virtue to hate Bush. He culminated with this bit of viciousness: Bush is a dullard lacking any moral constraints in his pursuit of partisan gain, loyal to no principle save the comfort of the very rich, unburdened by any thoughtful consideration of the national interest, and a man who, on those occasions when he actually does make a correct decision, does so almost by accident.
Well, today Wehner took down the Chait-monger. Very well done.
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