Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Rewards of Failure

The right punditsphere, after a short period of uncertainty, seem to be settling into a comfortable position of sniping at the sidelines and squawking every time one of their emotional buttons is pushed.

Bill Kristol warns us that the total failure of governments to control individual acts of terrorism means that governments should continue to try to control individual acts of terrorism. Jonah Goldberg fantasizes about not paying income tax this year, despite an acknowledgement that it would destroy his party. His imaginary President Obama would then make all the cuts on (public) spending that the Republicans couldn't get for themselves, since they didn't finish looting the treasury before the cops showed up at the vault door. Maureen Down is gloomily wondering how much longer she'll be employed once a Clinton returns to office. Roger Cohen is also thinking about Clinton, pulling his lip and worrying his brow, telling her that she must commit political suicide by being critical of Israel, since he would not.

They will enjoy being out of power. The opportunities to be wise and dreadfully concerned will be endless.

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