Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Thursday, November 14, 2002
Now that Nancy Pelosi has been named Minority Leader, the smear campaign can't be far behind. In fact, it is already going strong.
The key theme to this campaign so far seems to be labeling Pelosi as a socialist. This is the political language or the attack machine: Democrats who aren't liberal are called liberals or ultra-liberals; Democrats who really are liberal are called socialists with the explicit or implicit association of being Marxist/Leninist/Stalinist.
The attack on Pelosi is based largely on her membership in the Progressive Caucus; Nathan Newman has shown how silly that is. It is also worth noting that the world's only remaining Marxist/Stalinist government of any real consequence is the People's Republic of China, and Pelosi is known for her defense of human rights in China. In the most important recent China vote, Pelosi opposed permanent MFN status for China, as did the Progressive Caucus. Among the Stalinists, commie sympathizers, and fellow travelers who voted to support the Chinese Communists were Trent Lott, John Ashcroft, Strom Thurmond, and Phil Gramm.