Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bully For You

Jonah Goldberg, who never ceases to invoke laughter especially when he’s trying to be serious, cranked out a huge tantrum yesterday because he didn’t like hearing the GOP being referred to as “terrorists” by Vice President Joe Biden in a closed-door meeting during the debt ceiling debate. Oh, the horror.

Then last night, on the very day Gabby Giffords heroically returns to cast her first vote since that tragic attack seven months ago, the vice president of the United States calls the Republican party a bunch of terrorists.


[I]magine if this was Dick Cheney calling the Progressive Caucus (or whatever they’re called) a “bunch of terrorists” on the day Giffords returned to the Congress.

Okay, let’s imagine:

The vice president said U.S. allies in Afghanistan and Iraq “have doubts” the United States will finish the job there. “And those doubts are encouraged, obviously, when they see the kind of debate that we’ve had in the United States,” he said. “Suggestions, for example, that we should withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq simply feed into that whole notion, validates the strategy of the terrorists.”

You were saying?

Other people have said it better, but I’ll say it too: if you don’t want people to call you bullies, terrorists or hostage-takers, don’t act like bullies, terrorists or hostage-takers. And don’t get your tail all puffed up when people call you out on it.

HT to Steve M. and Anne Laurie.