Monday, December 13, 2004

Jonah Goldberg has a great column up at NRO about the liberal response to Peter Beinart's call for liberalism serious enough to take on Islamo fascism. Keeping up the cheerleading for Beinart's side, George Will and Paul Mirengoff have also rallied to his side.

I'm sad to say that Beinart is looking awfully lonely out there.

1 comment:

Ink Stained Wretch said...

Beinart's now-famous column brings to mind the great Bertolt Brecht line: "Would it not be easier ... for the government to dissolve the people and elect another?"

The problem with his suggested fix for the Democratic Paty is that the Michael Moores and are not an obscure fringe of the party. They are a large, and growing, part of the modern Democratic Party. They may even represent a majority.

It's the thoughtful liberal hawks like Beinart who are now on the party's ideological fringe -- and are therefore more likely to be the subject of a purge.

To my mind, Beinart resembles nothing so much as the moderate, northeastern Republicans who warned in the 1980s and early 1990s that fringe "rightwingers" were taking over the party. Their argument then was the same as Beinart's today: we have to get rid of these newcomers before they undermine our party.

Well, where are those northeasterners now?