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Monday, September 05, 2005

Over the Edge and Around the Bend

If memory serves, it was the inimitable P.J. O’Rourke who observed that “liberals think conservatives are evil; conservatives think liberals are stupid.” (I could be wrong about the attribution, and if I am, I apologize; but it sounds like something P.J. would say, and if he didn’t, he should have.)

It’s hard to argue with, or to dismiss, such trenchant analysis.

The political debate over the past six – no, make that twenty – years provides more than ample evidence that P.J., as usual, was right on the money. In fact, we can even add Ken’s Corollary to the O’Rourke doctrine: “the conservatives are right.”

We need only to take a gander at the bilge being spewed forth by such exemplars of the “reality-based community” as the Democratic Underground, MoveOn.org, and some of their more illustrious fellow-travellers on the leftward fringes of the blogosphere, to see the unassailable truth of Mr. O’Rourke’s observation.

Exhibit A: The Daily Kos entertains the thought – however briefly – that the Administration killed Chief Justice Rehnquist.

Exhibit B: An unidentified idiot, allegedly a member of the media, raised the question that the failed levees surrounding New Orleans were deliberately breached to kill black people in the city.

Exhibit C: The Mayor of New Orleans, C. Roy Nagin, is convinced that the C.I.A. is out to get him. (Although if it's true, he's safe as a kitten; if you can count the number of times they've tried to take out Castro -- and failed -- you're probably an astrophysicist. Because only an astrophysicist is comfortable with numbers that large.)

There are more, many, many more, but these should suffice for the time being.

The question before the panel is two-fold: 1) do these clowns honestly think the American people are that fucking stupid that they will believe this rot; and 2) are they?

Based on some of the comments, the answer to part 2, apparently, is an unqualified 'Yes'. Ken's Corollary is hereby proven. QED.

But what of the larger issue of the O'Rourke Doctrine? Well, the second part, the assertion that liberals are stupid, appears to have been borne out by by the proof of the Corollary. For the first, that conservatives are evil, well, if we look at the numbers, the evidence does not support the contention.

So now we know.

UPDATE (6 Sept 2005): A teeny-weeny little devil on my shoulder seduced me into adding Exhibit D, Sean Penn's Rescue Mission. There's a Gilligan joke in there somewhere, but I can't quite find it.

UPDATE #2 (6 Sept 2005): At the time I posted the preceding update, I was not aware that the real "Gilligan", actor Bob Denver, had passed away. My apologies, Bob; I meant no disrespect.

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I link to this item, from Bill Whittle at Eject! Eject! Eject!, without comment. Because nothing I could possibly say could improve on it, add to it, or or do anything, really, except to diminish it.

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