Monday, May 08, 2006

Rightists Skewer Rightists as "Liberals"

Some may remember that in the world of Orwell's 1984 a statement could be designated, with no notion of silliness, as "double-plus un-good."

Apparently American conservatives have become so linguistically atrophied that they have only one word for bad: "liberal." Guess that's what happens to you when you keep rerunning Richard Nixon's playbook from 1948.

Or to shift metaphors to a more oil-based vocabulary, to the surprise of the speeding driver, eventually the rubber meets the sky. Then you have consequent loss of traction, a few moments of vastly more excitement than the driver ever wants to see, and a high probability of needing immediate medical, if not mortuarial, attention.

Now they are saying the trouble with Bush is he's a liberal, the trouble with those generals attacking Rumsfeld is they're liberals, and it was the liberals who lost the war in Iraq.

Here's an excellent examination of the phenomenon.

No, you can't make this stuff up.


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