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The Sweet Ironies of the Democrats’ Complaint

24 February 2010

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 Comments leave one →
  1. 25 February 2010 10:53 am


    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.


    • 25 February 2010 1:20 pm

      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. Larry permalink
    25 February 2010 6:20 pm

    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!

    • 25 February 2010 7:03 pm

      It’s Coop’s fault, the showoff. Not to mention libertine: everyone knows qb is guilty of demagoguery, not demagogy. qb

  3. 25 February 2010 7:55 pm

    Harrumph! I’ll have you know that demagogy is a perfectly good Buckleyian word. May he rest in peace.


    P@Larry reading the dictionary is good, especially the OED.

    • 26 February 2010 8:20 am

      In WBJr’s honor, professor qb will start working on his pedagoguery, then.

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