Ed Driscoll

The Quotable Robert Reich, Revisited

Rich Lowry spots this howler from Robert Reich in Salon:

Angry right-wing populism lurks just below the surface of the terrible American economy, ready to be launched not only at Obama but also at liberals, intellectuals, gays, blacks, Jews, the mainstream media, coastal elites, crypto socialists, and any other potential target of paranoid opportunity.

But then, as Jonathan Rauch noted in 1997 when he compared incidents that Reich described in his memoirs with the audio and video tapes of the actual events, Reich enjoys a rather rich and Oliver Stone-meets-Walter Mitty fantasy life.

Update: In the comment thread below, “Whisky” offers a bracing shot of Reich’s own very recent moment of racist populism.