Smart Is In the Eye of the Beholder

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Smart Is In the Eye of the Beholder

I happen to like Russ Feingold. In fact, I probably like Feingold just about as much as I dislike Kathryn Jean Lopez and her idiotic columns.

So imagine my joy when I saw her latest piece warning moderate Democrats that America-hating Feingold fanatics are going to take over the party.

On what does she base this dire warning?
I was talking about the Democratic 2008 options with a smart Republican Beltwayer, pre-Connecticut, and he saw the 2006 Democratic party for what it is: “The Democrat base is dominated by the Kossacks, Cindy Sheehan disciples, and Big Labor special interests who are increasingly devoted to a cause-oriented political jihad against what they view as a Democrat Establishment. Their disagreement with the Establishment is born out of their belief that: moderation is akin to treason towards the liberal doctrine; support for the war in Iraq is the political equivalent of having ‘666’ marked on your skull. You’re either with them or against them.”
You know, Kathryn, if you ask any Beltway insider what they think of the 2008 race and this is the sort of answer that they give, maybe it is time to reconsider whether that person is actually "smart," because this is a shockingly unintelligent answer.

And when you base a column around this sort of idiotically hackish answer, you come across looking like an idiot and a hack.

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