Of Pots And Kettles
By Pejman Yousefzadeh Posted in 2008 | The — Comments (1) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
There isn't much to be added to the bill of particulars Brother Lane has drawn up against Mark Kleiman. But I'll just throw in a couple of points:
- It is notable just how much of a volte face Kleiman performs on the "chickenhawk" issue when a Republican candidate is the war hero and the Democratic candidate isn't. Not only does he suddenly adopt a tut-tutting attitude towards anything that even smacks of chickenhawking, he goes so far as to say that war heroes whose fathers and grandfathers were themselves Navy admirals--and widely admired ones at that--are somehow super-privileged as a consequence; "McCain, the son and grandson of Admirals and the husband of a multi-millionaire beer baron's daughter . . ." Funny. John Kerry came from a privileged background too and married even higher up the income ladder than did McCain but one searches Kleiman's archive in vain for derogatory comments concerning this entirely tangential matter. Such sneers, you see, only count when they are directed at Republicans. Just like "chickenhawk" sneers and smears.
- There is something quite rich about Kleiman attacking McCain for "an astonishingly intemperate blast at Obama" and stating that McCain "sounded like a cranky old man" who took a "cheap shot" at Obama, while at the same time opining--in what he no doubt believes is expert, psychoanalytic fashion--that McCain has a "constitutional incapacity for empathy with anyone less fortunate than he is." How Kleiman came across this Lecterian bit of insight into McCain's psyche is anyone's guess, of course, but if I didn't know better, I would say that it is "astonishingly intemperate" and "cranky" (we will refrain from making Kleimanesque ageism cracks--someone has to be an adult around here, after all).
I'm usually not in the habit of demanding blogger apologies--that sort of thing is a waste of time 99 times out of 100. But might this case be an exception?