Try this on for size: Palinism. What is it? It is an updated version of McCarthyism, which takes its name from the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin liar, demagogue and drunk, and means, according to Wikipedia, "reckless, unsubstantiated accusations, as well as demagogic attacks on the character or patriotism of political adversaries." As far as we know, Sarah Palin is not a drunk.Since the Left has already lost the Death Panels battle, one wonders why they are still trying to fight it. Perhaps it has more to do with Palin herself than death care, according to Penraker:
But she certainly shares McCarthy's other attributes -- and this one as well: the ability to drive the debate. In McCarthy's day, it was anti-communism coupled with national security, and it hardly mattered that he frequently did not have his facts straight. He got huge amounts of attention anyway.
With Palin, the subject is health care, which in many ways is the Red Menace of our day and lends itself to a kind of political pornography.
The hatred of Sarah Palin seems to have escaped the tug of gravity and has now reached escape velocity. Liberals seem to need someone to hate, to demonize, to make into their secular devil. George Bush served admirably; but alas, he is gone. They need a new whipping boy…or girl.In an astoundingly obvious display of hypocrisy, the Left’s all-out assault on Palin is itself the very definition of McCarthyism:
Where was Richard Cohen when his compadres were calling Bush Hitler? Where was he when the media falsified documents in order to "prove" that Bush did not complete his National Guard service? Is Dan Rather a McCarthyite? There are a million things Democrats did to the last administration that would fit Cohen’s definition of McCarthyism.Penraker says this is a visible symptom that the Left is now completely panic-stricken:
Here is where we are: If you oppose the Great Obama, you will be called a McCarthyite. If you dare to enter the debate, you will be called a McCarthyite. - by the Richard Cohen-style McCarthyites.
They told themselves that the country had become wildly liberal. They told themselves that Obama was the new FDR, the new Lincoln. They told themselves that liberalism was once again popular.Just how much of a moonbat is Cohen? There's no better place to check than Moonbattery.com:
They were wrong on all counts. Their great, big, brittle dream is suddenly crashing down around their ears. They built a fantasy-castle, and they have been living there happily for the last few months. They allowed themselves the luxury of imagining that all their political reveries will become substantial. But they are finding that the country is still a center-right country, that nothing has changed at all.
When it comes to moonbattery at its most treacherous, no one tops WaPo's Richard Cohen, who has openly sided with the Islamic terrorists laying siege to our democratic ally Israel.As with all attacks on Palin, one should first consider the source.
If you look at history in the funhouse mirror that serves Cohen as a mind, Muslim terrorism over the last 100 years is a result of the dumb idea of "creating a nation of European Jews in an area of Arab Muslims (and some Christians)." Inconceivably, Cohen seems not to be aware of the profound ties Jews have with their homeland, going back thousands of years.
Here's how Cohen feels about terrorists:There is no point in condemning Hezbollah..... And there's not much point, either, in condemning Hamas.Clearly Cohen is not the sharpest tool in the shed, but he could hardly be dumb enough to think that Muslims would ever "get distracted and move on" so long as Israel exists. To "hunker down," as he puts it, and wait until Muslims grow bored with rocket attacks, kidnapping and suicide bombing would mean acquiescing until the last Jew in the Jewish homeland had been murdered.
What this appalling little creature is calling for is willful submission to genocide.
Update: Daniel Oliver at The American Spectator has more to say on this.
h/t: FRee Republic