The meaningless and unreadable anti-Obama commentators
Here, by Wesley Pruden, is a typical example of the unreadable Obama-bashing columns and editorials that gush forth daily from such conservative outlets as the Washington Times, the Washington Examiner, Investor’s Business Daily, American Pseudo-Intellectual Ranter (a.k.a. American Thinker), and Toby Harnden’s several-times-a-week dose of kneejerk anti-Obamism in the Telegraph. Such writings do not inform, they do not persuade, they do not present reasoned arguments about Obama in particular or political issues in general. Nor, for the most part, do they even say that Obama is bad. They just keep telling us, over and over, “Obama’s screwing up,” “Obama’s not up to the job,” “Obama can’t do anything right,” “Obama’s a loser,” “Obama’s going down in the polls,” “Obama’s doomed,” “No one likes Obama,” “No one respects Obama,” “Obama’s screwing up,” “Obama’s not up to the job,” “Obama can’t do anything right,” “Obama’s a loser,” “Obama’s going down in the polls,” “Obama’s doomed,” “No one likes Obama,” “No one respects Obama…”
Steadily filling and poisoning the conservative mind the way the oil spill is filling and poisoning the Gulf of Mexico, this brainless outpouring of Schadenfreude, worthy of riled-up and ill-mannered sports fans cheering the bad fortune of the other team, suggests the opposite of a conservative movement that is ready for intellectual leadership in the event that the Democrats lose control of the Congress and the White House over the next two years.
Jim C. writes:
While your post was splendidly written, I don’t agree entirely with its thesis: What American Thinker is particularly good at is characterizing Obama as an affirmative action president, i.e., unintelligent, incompetent, laughably secure in his mediocrity. This is an important function. Where I wholeheartedly agree with you is your observation that conservatives are afraid of describing Barry as evil, for an evil person is one who intentionally harms others. And that will prove to be Barry’s true legacy.LA replies:
Of course I don’t mean that all Obama-critical articles at the publications I mentioned fit my description. But many of them do. And the production of them is continuous. I’ve never seen such herd-like writing on the right.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 29, 2010 08:28 AM | Send