Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Why Jonah's a happy guy

No wonder Jonah Goldberg's a happy guy. In addition to his easy entrée into the right-wing punditocracy, courtesy of his family ties, he is by his own admission pretty much unencumbered by the need for internal consistency, his own or anybody else's.

Goldberg reveals as much in The Secret Files of the Anti-Hypocrite Squad: A Mirror to the Left.
Now, I've written thousands of words on why I don't think hypocrisy is the worst sin imaginable.
So Goldberg's not real big on the whole hypocrisy-cognitive dissonance thing. Which is hilarious when you realize that his admission comes smack in the middle of his review of a "delightful new book," Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy, by Peter Schweizer.

And because Goldberg's not real big on the whole hypocrisy-cognitive dissonance thing, he also has no trouble, as Atrios points out, criticizing people who compare Bush to Hitler….
And yet, in polite and supposedly sophisticated circles in America today it is acceptable to say George Bush is akin to a Nazi and that America is becoming Nazi-like. Indeed, in certain corners of the globe to disagree with this assertion is the more outlandish position than to agree with it.
…and then writing this book.

Liberal Fascism: The Totalitarian Temptation from Mussolini to Hillary Clinton.

Obviously, Jonah's heft is purely physical, definitely not spiritual or intellectual.

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