March 26, 2005


I am still grieving for Terri Schiavo and remembering Jesus, but I got a laugh from this hilarious piece in the New Republic: How Liberal Are You? A TNR Online Test (T.A. Frank; via Atlantic Blog). A sample:

1. About Condoleezza Rice, I agree with:

A. George W. Bush: "America has benefited from the wise counsel of Dr. Condoleezza Rice and our family has been enriched by our friendship with this wonderful person."

B. David Gergen: "Listen, there's nothing to say that she won't be a terrific secretary of state. She may well be. She's obviously a woman of enormous stature."

C. North Korea: "Condoleezza Rice [is] a handmaid of the United States' aggressive external policy and a faithful spokeswoman for the U.S. munitions monopolies."

Correct answer: B. While North Korea deserves credit for use of the terms "munitions monopolies" and the under-used "handmaid," the correct liberal answer is Gergen's, since it's true that Rice's tenure may indeed prove "terrific"--in the original (example: "terrific conflagration") sense of the word.

The funniest part is that it's so reasonable to gauge liberalism using Bush for the right, Gergen for the center, and North Korea for the left.

Posted by Paul Jaminet at March 26, 2005 3:09 PM

Prior to the blogosphere that was indeed the

Posted by: erp at March 26, 2005 6:37 PM

To get the full spectrum of proper responses, there also should have been an EU option among the possible answers, though I suppose on a day when their leaders are feeling a bit more charitable/humbled than normal, the response wouldn't be much different than the Gergen option.

Posted by: John at March 27, 2005 12:12 AM