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Have You No Sense of Irony, Sir?

For some reason, I've recently been reading the Powerline blog, the right-wing Minnesota lawyer-lobbyist's blog that claims credit for Rathergate. Their latest cause is defending what was probably just a "young and irresponsible" statement, to the effect that Jimmy Carter was "on the other side" in the war on terrorism.

Their evidence the other day was this:

Henry Kissinger observed that the Carter administration had managed the extraordinary feat of having achieved, at one and the same time, "the worst relations with our allies, the worst relations with our adversaries, and the most serious upheavals in the developing world since the end of the Second World War."

Presumably this Kissinger quote precedes the 2000 election. Aren't all three of these factors the very things in which the backers of the current president take the greatest pride???

Posted by Mark Schmitt on February 21, 2005 | Permalink


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I'm amused that a (very interesting, cogent, and worthwhile) post that featured a profusion of mild swears is followed shortly by, "For some reason I've been reading ... Powerline ..."


Posted by: William | Feb 21, 2005 4:50:09 AM

The Kissinger quote is from a speech that he made at the 1980 Republican convention that nominated Ronald Reagan to run against Jimmy Carter.

More here.

Posted by: Sid the Fish | Feb 21, 2005 11:32:48 AM

In God's name, why would one read Powerline?

Posted by: Brad DeLong | Feb 21, 2005 11:42:34 AM

Of course. Your point is? Do you really think any of those people have any sense of shame?

Posted by: C.J.Colucci | Feb 21, 2005 11:57:53 AM

I'm with C.J. Reality just bounces off these people. Its the looming drop off which always dooms this type.

Posted by: Rob W | Feb 21, 2005 5:13:28 PM

Well, Jimmy Carter is probably the only living American president that was and is truly liked in the developing world. He was the first and only to speak against human rights violations by pro-american dictatorships (and it wasn't fashionable back then).

Posted by: Carlos | Feb 27, 2005 10:24:14 PM