September 4, 2007

MAYBE WE NEED TO START A NEW CONTEST...:

My Neocon Problem (Norman Ornstein, 08.31.07, New Republic)

A blog called WurstWisdom, railing against the neoconservative domination of the planet, recently contained the following passage: "There are other Neocons or Neocon facilitators you may not have heard of because they are seldom in the public eye, the better to wield behind-the-scenes power. These include Grover Norquist, Richard Viguerie, John Bolton, Elliot Abrams, Norman Ornstein ..."

It was extremely disappointing to have my cover blown in this fashion. I had considered my weekly columns in Roll Call inveighing on behalf of campaign finance reform an excellent camouflage for my nefarious stealth machinations. But, alas, my identification with the neocon conspiracy has now become a commonplace "fact" in certain quarters--many of them, strangely, in Iowa. A blogger for The Des Moines Register, for instance, has declared me "a neoconservative Washington Insider." An Iowan novelist with a blog called Is this Heaven? recently referred to me as a "far-right ... flak." This is quite a turnabout for my reputation. My career as a congressional analyst has steadfastly avoided partisan politics. In fact, I'm one of those Jurassic-era Washingtonians who believes in the virtues of centrism and bipartisanship. I have worked closely with both John McCain and Russ Feingold on campaign finance reform and with Barack Obama and Fred Thompson on congressional and civil service reform. As for my enemies, they span the spectrum: My writings have enraged Tom DeLay and Dennis Hastert, as well as the chairmen of the black and Hispanic congressional caucuses.

So why am I now somehow a dangerous neocon? Without a doubt, it is because of my perch as a scholar at the now infamous American Enterprise Institute (AEI).


...because this can be our first entry in "Stupid or just Disingenuous?" Those being the only two possibilities for why he doesn't recognize that he's called a neocon just because he has a Jewish name.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 4, 2007 1:19 PM
Comments

"...why he doesn't recognize that he's called a neocon just because he has a Jewish name."

That, and he has this silly yet dangerous belief that America is a force for good in the world. Doesn't he realize all intelligent people dropped that idea at the same time they got rid of 78 rpm records?

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 4, 2007 2:53 PM

Interesting that the Left despises conservative Christians, despises conservative Jews (and blacks), yet seems to love "conservative" Islamists.

If a 'coterie' of reformed Muslim scholars and leaders ever held a meeting in NY or D.C., the Left would be outraged. And if they expressed support for the US, forget it. They'd be neo-neoed to death.

Posted by: ratbert at September 4, 2007 11:27 PM
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