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You make yourself look bad

I was trying to salvage something interesting to say from this Stanley Kurtz article in the National Review. I have failed. The argument is smart and well written — the observation that the war on terror has changed the terms of the debate by making certain issues (particularly multiculturalism) less relevant is worthwhile and possibly important — but in the end the entire piece pretty much boils down to Kurtz saying, Hey, look! I can make other political thinkers' statements sound like those of a raving loon!

So of course it's almost amusing when Kurtz goes and states, in concluding, "The Democrats and the Left are panicking — speaking out against the war too sharply, too soon, and with too little justification." These are the same Democrats whose leader's strongest words on the subject were, The outcome of the war effort "is still somewhat in doubt." Hey, look, I bet I can make Kurtz sound like a raving loon!

The thing is, I don't want to. What's the point? It's easy to take shots at anyone if you target their most radical, polarized views. But in the end it just makes you sound like an ass.

March 8, 2002 12:19 AM

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