Mubarak Will Hold Onto Power By Megan McArdle
Or so he says. As my Egyptian correspondent initially predicted, he's telling his government to resign--as yasminhamidi tweeted, "Mubarak: To prove I am not a dictator, I will personally name a new government!"
Now we see if the population will tolerate it. I won't venture an opinion, as I simply don't know. But if I were an Egyptian, I certainly wouldn't stand for it.
Please tell us, Ms. McArdle, just what would you do if the leader of your government, elected through extremely questionable means, enacted policies that were killing people? Would you take to the streets with the protesters as you are implying here? Or would you tell your readers that it would be a giggle if the police/military picked up a 2x4 and start bashing them in the heads? Preemptively, that is.
No! McArdle says! She would give up her establishment job and paycheck that places her far, far above the desperate rabble and take to the streets in protest. She wouldn't tolerate such disrespect for a moment! She would risk life and limb to fight the power elite and bring them down!
The same woman who complained that there ought to be more police to protect her while she goes bar slumming expects us to believe that she would be brave enough and unselfish enough to join the powerless and fight for greater economic equality for the masses. The Right must constantly stroke their own egos to compensate for their selfishness, bloodlust and greed, must constantly praise and reward each other to reinforce their counter-factual, ahistorical view of the world, and must see themselves as action movie heroes while they are dodging our wars. It's repulsive and laughable, but it's the only way they can live with themselves. And it is why they want all liberals to shut up and go away; so nobody will break the protective Fox/MegaChurch/Suburban Hellhole Bubble of perfect mutual accord. Every single thing they see, hear, or read must reinforce that bubble or it will pop.
They will not give up until liberals are utterly marginalize, reviled, and discredited--and even then they will continue to fight them out of habit.