Notes on the Atrocities
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Sunday, August 01, 2004  

One more example. Christopher Hitchens, another of the liberal-to-conservative converts, spent an article fuming about Kerry's critique of Bush's priorities in "opening firehouses in Baghdad and shutting them in the United States of America."

Hitchens' problem with this phrase is that it's not exactly comparable: "The further implication is that this is a zero-sum game, and that a dollar spent in Iraq is a dollar not spent on domestic needs." He's right, of course--it is a rhetorical device, and sort of a cheap shot. But guess what? Bush overtly lies--"the average American will receive $2,000 from my tax cuts."

What Hitchens is really pissed off about isn't that Kerry is using artful rhetoric to frame his argument, it's that he's fighting back at all. For 24 years, the Dems have been docile in their opposition. They've played fair and told the truth and got Clelanded for it. For folks like Mary Matalin and Christopher Hitchens, fighting back itself is treasonous.

posted by Jeff | 11:57 AM |
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