Harold Meyerson is a television colleague from Los Angeles PBS days, and as affable as an old lefty can be. Nowadays he writes a column for the Washington Post which is almost always almost completely wrong. Today he tops his own fine record for missing the point with a howler that begins:
George W. Bush has precious little to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and nothing whatever when it comes to his adversaries. Beset at every turn, the president and his men have been pining for some patsies, some loudmouth liberals, some effete elitists whom they can demonize in the best traditions of the party of Richard Nixon.
Instead, look who’s come after them in the past half-year: Cindy Sheehan, whose down-the-line dovishness is more than offset by her standing as the mother of a soldier killed in Bush’s war; Patrick Fitzgerald, the straight-arrow boy prosecutor out of New York’s Irish working class; and now John Murtha, the toughest and most decorated Marine in the House, who represents a Pennsylvania district straight out of “The Deer Hunter.”
Not a Michael Moore in the bunch. Nothing there for the Roves and the Reeds and the Swift Boat slanderers to work with.
First, the president’s adversaries are the killers of al Qaeda, the dictator of North Korea, the nuke-mad mullahs of Iran.
The president’s critics, on the other hand, are from Harold’s warld of the hard left, and if Democrats truly believe that Mrs. Sheehan’s vigils and Congressman Murtha’s immediate withdrawals are a serious political problem for the president and his party, we can only hope they and other continue to clearly and repeatedly present to America a strategy of retreat and defeat. Their credentials of sacrifice and service, respectively, entitle them to honor, but their prescriptions are obviously disastrous, and a continuing reminder to the country that Democrats returned to power would quickly cut and run from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the GWOT generally.
We have fought two elections on this ground, and it appears as though the Dems and their boosters in MSM want nothing more than to set the stage for a Bush hat trick.
Bravo, Harold. Long may your columns run, and be widely read and followed.