The Sweet Ironies of the Democrats’ Complaint

George Will does it again, this time exposing the anti-Madisonian bent of the Harry Reid “reconciliation” push.

Isn’t it funny how the Democrats (including our small-minded, radical president, then as a Senator) deplored this same strategy – hilariously in retrospect and on Constitutional grounds – which Republicans eventually and wisely repudiated back when the Senate was struggling to confirm Dubya’s judicial nominees?  It now appears that the woeful, shameless, contemptible, pathetic Senator Reid – the range of possible adjectives is overwhelming, really – is committed to a Pyrrhic, purely parliamentary victory on the so-called health-insurance bill.  It is Sherman’s march to the sea, except Reid is nowhere near as honorable as Lincoln’s General.


6 thoughts on “The Sweet Ironies of the Democrats’ Complaint

  1. qb,

    So what’s new about political irony? Even Madison was ironically anti-Madisonian at times. Still, once again you demonstrate your almost genetic ability to frame the political process in perfervid apocalyptic language, i.e. in terms of ideological angels and demons, dangerous slippery slopes, and insulting ad hominem and judgmentally moralizing tropes. Rhetorically smoothe demagogy is still demagogy. It doesn’t become you.

    And by the way, there were and are plenty of honorable Southern (and Yankee) folk who would, in light of the strategic brutality of his March to the Sea, question Sherman’s honor.


    1. Coop, as to that last piont: Of course! Invoking Sherman was obviously a rhetorical device designed to bring Reid’s dishonor into adequate relief, not to paint Sherman as a saint.

      Nor Madison. To observe that men do not always act in accordance with their ideals borders on the patently banal; qb does not pretend otherwise. The question has to do with the center of mass of one’s behavior, not the flailing chaos at the periphery.


  2. you guys are wearing me out, clicking and searching just to stay afoot of ya.
    “Rhetorically smoothe demagogy”?
    “judgmentally moralizing tropes”?
    “flailing chaos at the periphery”?
    me poor eyes! they do cross so!

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