Ed Driscoll

The Not Ready for Primetime Chevy Volt

At the turn of the 20th century, “progressive” philosopher William James coined the phrase, “The Moral Equivalent of War” to justify an all-encompassing socialism. But blending The Moral Equivalent of War with the real thing was once exclusively reserved for satire, at least in America:

Michael Dukakis (Jon Lovitz): There’s my friend Leroy Neiman. Let’s go see what Leroy’s doing. [approaches Leroy, who’s painting a mural] Hello, Leroy. That’s great. It’s great. What do you call it?

Leroy Neiman (Kevin Nealon): Governor, I call this “What Might Have Been.” It shows the nuclear aircraft carrier Nimitz after its conversion into a floating shelter for the homeless.

Michael Dukakis: Well, it’s beautiful, Leroy.

Leroy Neiman: Thank you.

Michael Dukakis: I think it’s right up there with the Olympic Moment series that you did for Burger King.

— From Saturday Night Live’s “Dukakis After Dark” sketch, November 5th, 1988.

Flash-forward to today:

“The Pentagon is buying Chevrolet Volts to help ‘green up’ the military—while propping up sales of the bailed-out automaker’s most politicized car.”

“The Great Green Car Fleet,” the Washington Free Beacon, today.

Related: At Vodkapundit,The Truth About GM.”