Sunday, August 21, 2005

This is Rich...

Frank Rich nails it again. Among my favorite passages:
When the Bush mob attacks critics like Ms. Sheehan, its highest priority is to change the subject. If we talk about Richard Clarke's character, then we stop talking about the administration's pre-9/11 inattentiveness to terrorism. If Thomas Wilson is trashed as an insubordinate plant of the "liberal media," we forget the Pentagon's abysmal failure to give our troops adequate armor (a failure that persists today, eight months after he spoke up). If we focus on Joseph Wilson's wife, we lose the big picture of how the administration twisted intelligence to gin up the threat of Saddam's nonexistent W.M.D.'s.

Oh, yeah.


  1. Frank Rich is priceless. His columns seem always to separate the wheat from the chaff and get to the heart of wingnut perfidy.

  2. Yeah, I've been real impressed with the guy lately. Pretty darn on target for an old drama critic.

  3. Yeah, lots of folks focus on Maureen Dowd when they should be reading Rich. Dowd's heart is in the right place, but she often lacks focus. Rich is right on target.

  4. Maureen tends to be a left version of Ann Coulter with an adult sense of humor. But, like you said, she generally misses the bigger picture.

    Rich, on the other hand, is right on target.


  5. To me, MoDo delivers some good snark, but often sacrifices real humanity and insight on the twin altars of cuteness and glibness. She can be wickedly funny, but there's something much more soul satifying about Rich's studious prose. Today, for example, I thought his phrase 'fruitless carnage' captured the Zeitgeist
    dispassionately, but not heartlessly.

  6. My problem with MoJo has always been "What has she done to warrant being such a wise ass?"

  7. "What has she done to warrant being such a wise ass?"

    She doesn't have to do anything Jeff, hell I don't agree with her much of the time but the right to be a smart ass comes with the territory here. At least until the current gang of tools & fools change it by making any criticism of Bushco illegal. :(

  8. Well, I guess my real point is that Mo kinda comes across like Ann the C-word. Neither has really contributed anything to society--other than being acerbic--to give them any particular gravity.

    Make sense?