How encouraging today to see, in the neocon Wall Street Journal, a hit piece on Sarah Palin’s new book by neocon Thomas Franks. How dare Palin answer her critics point by point, says a representative of that victimological pressed-sawdust, never short of a keen or a whine to justify the empire. Worse—better sit down for this one—she criticizes the New Deal, which Franks compares to the ultimate anti-nationalist blasphemy: “The respect she shows history, though, is the kind of respect you show the flag when you soak it in kerosene and touch a match to it. ‘[W]e tried growing government to save the economy back in the 1930s, and it didn’t work then either,’ Ms. Palin writes. It is a modest assertion, though, compared to the astonishing finding Ms. Palin reveals in the next sentence: ‘Massive government spending programs and protectionist economic policies actually helped turn a recession into the Great Depression.’” Sarah has a long way to go, but bugging Thomas Franks is a good start. (Thanks to Jim Van Pelt.)
UPDATE from Skip Oliva:
10:34 am on November 18, 2009 Email Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
I’m not sure if it’s neocons that Mrs. Palin bugs so much as the crumbling remnants of the press establishment. Witness the ongoing Andrew Sullivan meltdown. I can’t think of another context where a “prominent” writer would be permitted to repeatedly print false and defamatory material about a woman — and her infant child — without any consequences. Still, if Palin’s presence forces such meltdowns, that alone constitutes a great public service.