Along the Tracks

Thursday, September 04, 2003

Works both ways

The Good Lord knows I hate to write this, but National Review cuts the legs out from under Jonah Goldberg and his superb column today by endorsing a bit of nonsense that at least parallels ignorant, hate-filled statements the Left aims at George W. Bush.

In a column entitled, “Bush=Hitler: The Politics of Hateful Stupidity,” Goldberg is his usual, eloquent self, explaining why such completely ridiculous comparisons “are slanderous to the United States and historical truth and amount to Holocaust denial.”

Unfortunately, if you glance to the right of the screen containing his column, you will notice an ad: “Most Dangerous Liberals! Move over Saddam, Hillary’s the new Ace of Spades. Order Now!” A graphic shows an Ace of Spades playing card bearing the photo of a distraught Sen. Clinton. The link says, “Order thru National Review.”

These liberal cards might seem humorous, but is saying that Hillary Rodham Clinton is the equivalent of Saddam Hussein - a mass-murdering, war-mongering dictator - any different than saying “Bush=Hitler”? Remember, when Saddam invaded Kuwait in 1990, we were told his crimes made him a modern-day Hitler - and that was quite true. So how can National Review Online denigrate New York’s junior senator in such a manner without also being “slanderous to the United States and historical truth”?

I don’t think it can.

Goldberg has written before that there are far worse things than hypocrisy, and I would generally agree. But this particular example seems especially embarrassing and offensive. I hope NRO removes the slanderous ad.

P.S. - Yes, I understand the cards are meant to be humorous. Hee hee, hah hah. Mass murder is very funny. I’m sure the Leftists think their Photoshopped Hitler mustaches on pictures of Bush are hilarious, too.

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