May 15, 2016

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE: Cass Sunstein: We’ve Entered the Age of Partyism—It Might Get Worse Than Racism.

Wait ’til Sunstein discovers how viciously the left acted from, oh, mid to late November of 2000 until January of 2009. Speaking of which, a flashback to a Jonah Goldberg column from February of 2008 on “Terrorists Who Never Have To Say ‘Sorry:’”

What fascinates me is how light the baggage is when one travels from violent radicalism to liberalism. Chicago activist Sam Ackerman told Politico’s reporter that Ayers “is one of my heroes in life.” Cass Sunstein, a first-rank liberal intellectual, said of Ayers and Dohrn, “I feel very uncomfortable with their past, but neither of them is thought of as horrible types now – so far as most of us know, they are legitimate members of the community.”

Why, exactly, can Ayers and Dohrn be seen as “legitimate members of the community”? How is it that they get prestigious university jobs when even the whisper of neocon tendencies is toxic in academia?

And from Sunstein himself in mid-2008:

“This is the Barack Obama I have known for nearly 15 years — a careful and evenhanded analyst of law and policy, unusually attentive to multiple points of view. . . . Obama has a genuinely independent mind, he’s a terrific listener and he goes wherever reason takes him. . . . In recent weeks, his speaking talents, and the cultlike atmosphere that occasionally surrounds him, have led people to wonder whether there is substance behind the plea for ‘change’ — whether the soaring phrases might disguise emptiness and vagueness. But nothing could be further from the truth. He is most comfortable in the domain of policy and detail.”

What a rube.

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