At NRO, Charles Cooke assembles the hoist and the petard:
Over at Mother Jones, Kevin Drum* appears to have discovered what it is like for conservatives every single time we criticize the president:
If you express anything short of absolute condemnation of everything the NSA has done, your Twitter feed quickly fills up with hysterical proclamations from the emo-progs that you’re a right-wing shill, a government lackey, a useful idiot for the slave state, and an obvious fool. Conversely, if you criticize the NSA’s surveillance programs, your Twitter feed quickly fills up with equally hysterical proclamations from the O-Bots that you hate Obama, you’ve always hated Obama, and you’re probably a racist swine who’s been waiting ever since 2009 for a chance to take down the nation’s first black president.
Welcome to my world, Kevin. Just so as you know, this rule goes also for Obamacare, the economy, foreign policy, firearms law, and absolutely every other area of public policy. I have been called a “racist” for so long now that I’m almost looking forward to a Hillary presidency so that I can be called a “sexist” instead.
Heh. Though speaking of which, at the Washington Examiner today, Byron York writes, “If Hillary is a lock, what’s a Democrat to do? Campaign for veep.”
Or show up to play. Hillary was as much of a lock in 2006 as she he is today, until somebody who described himself as “new enough on the national political scene that I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views,” decided to take her on. Perhaps he was looking to be her veep, or maybe simply land his own show on MSNBC or Air America. But given how much the left loves running blank screen newcomers to national politics** it all worked out rather well for him, if not for America itself:
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Certainly, the division of the DNC known as the MSM always appreciates a fresh leftwing face tossing his hat into the ring:
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* Cooke goes on to quote Drum saying:
I’ll confess that although the leftier-than-thou types have always been around, I’ve long been skeptical of the idea that Obama has a core group of supporters from 2008 who really do consider him The One, a shining beacon of light who could do no wrong. But I’m the one who was wrong. I don’t know how many there are, but they’re definitely out there.
** With varying degrees of campaign success. See also: Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter…and George McGovern and Mike Dukakis.