Sunday, April 22, 2012

Boehlert vs. ‘Neocons’? (Nudge, Nudge)

Our precocious friend Ben Shapiro correctly says that Boehlert once offered a ”drumbeat” of commentary that “the press was too favorable to the Jewish State.” In this, Boehlert echoed a common theme of the anti-war Left during the Bush 43 era.

Anyone who paid attention to the Left’s rhetoric during the Bush years could see that they were routinely guilty of transgressions that no right-winger could commit without risking the kind of ostracism visited upon Joe Sobran and Pat Buchanan, among others. Russell Kirk was once able to make a sharp jab at neoconservatives (who at times, it seemed “mistook Tel Aviv for the capital of the United States,” he said) and survive, but Kirk was then an icon of long tenure so that he was arguably bulletproof. And Kirk did not make a habit of such remarks.

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