July 16, 2005

Republicans, he said, "want to kill us."

Our friend Frank sent a link to this article, on Paul Begala's crazy rant, which lots of people have been discussing.

....Begala was featured at the first-ever Campus Progress National Student Conference, which was designed to provide campus liberals with the tools necessary to fight the conservative movement. The event also drew former President Bill Clinton, for whom Begala once worked as an advisor....

....Begala's presence on the panel created a stir when he declared that Republicans had "done a p***-poor job of defending" the U.S. Republicans, he said, "want to kill us."

"I was driving past the Pentagon when that plane hit" on Sept. 11, 2001. "I had friends on that plane; this is deadly serious to me," Begala said.

"They want to kill me and my children if they can. But if they just kill me and not my children, they want my children to be comforted -- that while they didn't protect me because they cut my taxes, my children won't have to pay any money on the money they inherit," Begala said. "That is bulls*** national defense, and we should say that."....

Thoughts:

  • This is pure raindroppery. This is what I was writing about. I can't get angry, because I think Begala, like a lot of people, has been driven loony by changes in the world that they lack the intellectual tools to handle.
  • How sloppily people talk--in that last paragraph it's impossible to be sure which "theys" refer to terrorists, and which to Republicans. Maybe in his head also.
  • They want to provide "tools to fight the conservative movement." But they're just preaching to the converted.
  • Factually, it's so wrong it's preposterous. Our tax receipts have been trending upward ever since...well, check out the graph in this post by NixGuy. I guess if I were a liberal I'd be losing my marbles too...
  • And, assuming that Begala really believes what he says about tax cuts, what must be the psychological consequences of believing something but getting no confirmation from the real world? Strange.
Posted by John Weidner at July 16, 2005 7:47 PM
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