One of the upshots of the right-wing’s crazed reaction to Obama’s speech before school children is that it creates another opportunity for the Joe Kleins and Tobin Harshaws of the world to yak about how reasonable and serious some wingnuts are. You see, when one wingnut says something batshit crazy and the another wingnut disagrees, that second wingnut becomes a serious person. Joe Klein drooling all over J-Pod:
Joe Scarborough, David Frum and John Podhoretz (here) are speaking out against the proposed Republican school boycott next week. I’ve disagreed, vehemently, with Podhoretz and the neocons at Commentary in the past, but I will say this: they come to their beliefs honestly. They think hard about the positions they take, deal in some version of the facts–although I find their conclusions dangerous and wrong–and therefore live on the same planet I do. It is extremely important they speak out now, lest this country head toward a spasm of violence that will make pink-biting seem a walk in the park.
Tobin Harshaw at the Times approvingly quotes Jim Lingdren at the Volokh Conspiracy as a “cooler head” for writing, among other things:
The Obama administration has backed off its earlier suggestion for students to write “Dear Leader” letters. The sad thing is that government bureaucrats had to be told how inappropriate their plans were before they wised up.
Whether the Republican pushback plays well with the public or not, it may have dissuaded Obama from making statements as aggressively statist or collectivist as he would have made without the pushback.
We can probably also expect a lot of conservatives to get credit for disagreeing with Pat Buchanan’s claim that Hitler was the prince of peace.
That’s just how things work in this crazy country of ours.