August 26, 2006


Wal-Mart Drives Democrats Batty: The left's dunderheaded broadsides at the nation's biggest employer. (Jonah Goldberg, August 24, 2006, LA Times)

[B]DS sufferers have a related secondary affliction: WMDS. This refers not to the unfound weapons of mass destruction but to Wal-Mart derangement syndrome. And the Democratic Party is ministering to these patients with reckless abandon.

The New York Times reported recently that the Democrats have, en masse, declared their party to be the enemy of the mega-box store. Sen. Joe Biden Jr. (D-Del.) recently delivered a "blistering attack" on the company at an anti-Wal-Mart rally in Iowa, and other Democrats have appeared at similar events. Indeed, one of the few times Lieberman and Lamont appeared at the same event during their primary contest was at an anti-Wal-Mart clambake in the Nutmeg State.

This bonfire of buffoonery is helping me learn to love Wal-Mart.

All you need to know about why the Beltway Right is so out of touch with the GOP base is that Mr. Goldberg has pretty apparently never been in a Wal-Mart either.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 26, 2006 9:06 AM

OJ -

Jonah has been out of D.C. for some time - he drove across the country last year (as I remember) and has been living in WA with wife, baby, and dog. I don't know if he has gone to Wal-Mart, but he sure hasn't been shopping in Georgetown.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 26, 2006 9:29 AM

To which city?

Posted by: oj at August 26, 2006 11:34 AM

Wal-Mart's patterns with its SuperCenters in recent years has been to first target the moderately affluent areas in and around big cities, and then when those locations are saturated, to begin putting down roots in or around the lower income areas. Democrats would probably complain that they should be building in those areas at the same time as they build in the others, if it weren't for the fact that they don't want any Wal-Marts built anywhere (and if you look at Wal-Mart's biggest rival, Minneapolis-based Target, it seems to have the blessing of the trendy liberals but almost never ventures into lower income areas for their store locations).

Posted by: John at August 26, 2006 12:09 PM

Jim - I've stopped reading NRO but my recollection was that Jonah's traveled across country a few times but still works in the DC area. His wife worked for the Justice dept and was originally from Alaska so they go there a few times.

Jonah was one of the few reasonable voices left at NRO but I would have to agree with OJ that he was part of the inside the beltway crowd as well.

Posted by: AWW at August 26, 2006 2:03 PM

Every year, I do a Memorial Day camping/canoe/drinking trip just outside of Tahlequah, OK on the Illinois River. I can't imagine outfitting the thing without the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Tahlequah. It is the Mecca. :)

Posted by: kevin whited at August 26, 2006 9:37 PM

He's been on an extended stay out of D.C. - I don't remember where exactly in WA (or AL).

He's finishing a book about facism.

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 26, 2006 11:49 PM