But to Matthews, The Washington Post has now devolved into a “neocon” paper. He reads the Washington Examiner first, then Politico, and “Then I look at the [Washington] Post, which is not what it used to be. Each year it’s less than what it used to be before…It’s so neocon I can hardly read it…
I’ve heard liberals say that WaPo’s opinion page skews right, but after reading this, I … completely agree with them, actually. If you were a conservative looking to discredit ROTC opponents, what sort of leftist would you recruit for an op-ed? How about a guy who dismisses ROTC classes as “softie courses” literally two sentences after praising race/gender/LGBT identity studies? Or how about a guy prone to saying things like, “I admire those who join armies, whether America’s or the Taliban’s”? Find the man willing to put those thoughts to paper and you’ve found a perfect patsy for your pro-ROTC agenda.
Well played, WaPo. Very well played.
The worst part of this clip isn’t that the liberal fellow says the Constitution is confusing because “it’s more than 100 years old.” It’s not as if it was written in Middle English, of the sort that schoolkids are or were once required to study in order to grapple with the Canterbury Tales.
Whan that Auerylle with his shoures soote
The droghte of March / hath perced to the roote
Etc and so forth. The Constitution is terse and straightforward, in relatively modern English. But no, though saying it’s confusing because it’s old is bad, that’s not the worst part.
The worst part isn’t when Klein says that reading it aloud in the next congress is a “gimmick.” Is it also a “gimmick” when the new congresscritters swear to uphold that same Constitution, as did the president a couple of years ago? It’s actually a shame the Constitution hasn’t been read aloud before every single congress. Read it, hear it, swear to live by it. Not seeing the gimmick.
The worst part isn’t when Nora O’Donnell calls Ezra Klein, late of the JournoList, the show’s “favorite wonk.” It’ll make you cringe a little bit, but it’s not the worst part.
The worst part is when he says that reading the Constitution aloud “has no binding effect on anything.” This is wonkery? This is what they teach at UCLA poli-sci?
Or to put it another way, “The US military can’t possibly be a hundredth as uncomfortable with gays as the Left is uncomfortable with the American soldier.”