Steve M. finds Kinsley waxing cleverly contrarian about the hypocrisy of Democrats’ attacking Rush Limbaugh when they themselves blah blah blah. And you-know-who is heh-indeeding it like it was a new edition of “The Bell Curve”.
Kinsley’s counterinuitive ironies have their place — in Harvard dining hall wankfests about Derrida, for example — but I don’t see how they contribute anything to a discussion of a political system that’s been dominated by race-baiting brownshirts for the past 35 years. Rush Limbaugh and his ilk have bullied the country for too long, and now it’s time to punch back. If a few fee-fees get hurt in the process, well that’s what happens when bodies start slappin’.
I feel the same way about my totebagging friends’ complaints about how it’s sad Obama wasn’t able to “change our discourse”, about how Democrats could win if they just explained things clearly and fairly. It’s one thing to muse about the possibility of reasonable disagreements and intellectually honest arguments, it’s quite another to put this into practice when Fox/Rush/Drudge are up your ass.
Maybe it’s best to wank high-mindedly only in quiet rooms, and leave the real discussion to people who’ve been mugged by right-wing reality.