Turning point²

News & Politics

I get flak every time I use blogs from famous people, so let me respond: I agree and disagree with this criticism. We can have a spirited discussion as to what a blog is -- and should be -- but if a person puts a diary in reverse chronology, I read it and try to find the most interesting ones, such as...

...Paul Begala's observation that a turning point of a larger order is upon us. Many have spoken of Cindy Sheehan as a possible turning point in the Iraq War but Begala sees a shift in the "optics" of our political terrain (which he seems to define as the popular conception of a thing).

Speaking of Larry Northern, the twit that destroyed a war memorial at Camp Casey, Begala writes:

"Such is the hatred of the far right at the dawn of the 21st Century. And my how the optical worm has turned. Today it is the left invoking faith, flag and family, while the right destroys crosses. Today it is the left that honors the war dead, raises up a Gold Star Mother and publicly prays for our troops, while the right viciously attacks a woman who gave her country everything..."
"For the last two presidential elections it has been the Democratic Party whose nominee was a Vietnam War veteran, while the Republicans have sputtered out spurious defenses of their candidate's deceitful draft-dodging."
The Poorman, who led us to Begala's keen observation, assembles an ominous list of right wing quotes, which, he says, both stoked Larry Northern's idiotic rage and portend worse. (TPMCafe & The Poorman)

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