Ron Paul Rising

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In a classic case of what the shrinks call “projection,” the Spectator’s merry-go-round of establishmentarians hold their daily “Two Minutes Hate.” With Ron Paul advocating defense but not permanent war on the Telescreen, the Memory Hole Munchkins scream, Julia throws chairs, and O’Brien (Rumsfeld? Cheney? Other faves of the mag that was once daringly called the “Alternative“?) smiles approvingly — and winks at Winston.

Winston, don’t be fooled: Room 101 awaits, and O’Brien runs the dial of the electronic torture machine. And don’t forget, Cheney still thinks it’s OK.

What the neocons really fear is not fear itself, but the steady adoption by other self-styled GOP presidentials of Ron Paul’s long-standing approach to the issues. I do not pretend for a moment that they’ve adopted his principles, but they are embracing his issues for fear that they’ll be left behind if they don’t.

8:03 am on September 13, 2011