Sunday Chuckle

October 1st, 2006  |  Published in etc

Andrew Sullivan: An Unhinged Presidency:

“It’s hard for the Reynolds-Malkin-Hinderaker right to discredit [Bob] Woodward – because he wrote books once beloved of the Bush administration and its acolytes.”

That’s sort of cute in its utterly insane disconnect with the, well, utter insane disconnectedness of “the Reynolds-Malkin-Hinderaker right,” which is happy to call 30-year veteran generals appeasers and moonbats when they break with the party line.

The right wing line on Woodward is going to be one of two things:

  1. The ones who crowed about the accuracy of his books when he was lionizing Bush and who are not comfortable with the burning plastic smell of cognitive dissonance will claim the liberal media elite “got to him” and made it clear he’d never work in this town again if his next book wasn’t a hatchet job.

  2. The ones who crowed about the accuracy of his books when he was lionizing Bush and who are perfectly comfortable with the burning plastic smell of cognitive dissonance will claim they never trusted him to begin with because, you know, WATERGATE!

It’s not hard for “the Reynolds-Malkin-Hinderaker right” to “discredit” much of anything, because the truth value it assigns any proposition is contingent on that proposition’s compatibility with assertions made by the administration. If the proposition doesn’t square with an administration assertion, the next step in its rhetorical process is to dig into its bag of dubious biographical interpretation, ideological litmus tests or simple character assassination and figure out why the originator of the assertion isn’t credible anyhow.

Or, I guess, to condense the previous three grafs into one:

*snort* You can’t argue with these people, Andrew. They don’t experience history like the rest of us. To them history is the continual reconciliation of objective data with Bush’s Official Truth. The data are just an annoyance.

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