I don’t normally do follow-ups to posts so quickly, but there seems to have been some reaction (generally favorable, which is gratifying) to my written fist-to-the-nose to Tom Junod. The triggering for my response is from Jonathan Last, who (accurately) called what I did to Junod both ‘flat-out brutal’ and ‘pretty fair.’ Jonathan then asks a question: why haven’t more of our supposedly principled liberal altruists taken the next step from disapproving of what Barack Obama does, to breaking with him permanently?
As Lane points out, if you’re a liberal and you fell a-over-t for Obama and now you realize that he’s elevated cold-blooded murder to the level of routine executive prerogative, why haven’t you clapped your hands together, stepped away from the table, and said, “I’m out”?
In my opinion, there are two horribly likely reasons that this has not happened (please note, by the way, that I am dispensing with the polite fiction that there is/was a viable alternative to the two parties in 2008 and 2012).
- To say “I wish that Barack Obama will lose in 2012” is to say “I wish that Mitt Romney will win in 2012.”
- To say “I wish that Barack Obama had lost in 2008” is to say – no, not “I wish that John McCain had won in 2008.” It is instead to say “I wish that John McCain AND SARAH PALIN had won in 2008.”
Everything that I have seen of our professional liberal/progressive pundit class thus far suggests to me that they would prefer the prospect of any number of dead brown foreigners to having to say either statement in public.