What is happening in the world when Andrew Sullivan paraphrases Queen Amidala without any apparent irony?
Continuing his Abu Ghraib outrage/Newsweek apologetics, Sullivan concludes, "This is how liberty dies--with scattered, knee-jerk applause."
In the new Star Wars movie, of course, Amidala (played by Natalie Portman) notes bitterly, "This is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause."
When you reach to George Lucas-written dialogue to make a sweeping rhetorical point about the real world . . .
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