Monday, April 14, 2008

William Kristol continues to waste space at the NY Times

As Hillary Clinton and John McCain take turns being outraged by Barack Obama's "elitist" comment about economically strapped Americans, William Kristol has upped the ante and is now comparing Obama to Karl Marx. It seems that Obama's remarks sent Kristol scurrying back to re-read Marx's words, "Die Religion ... ist das Opium des Volkes," after which he concludes that:’s one thing for a German thinker to assert that "religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature." It’s another thing for an American presidential candidate to claim that we "cling to ... religion" out of economic frustration.

Of course the neat use of ellipses makes it easier for Kristol to make his hyperbolic comparison, but it does serve his purpose; to be a part of the pseudo-outrage chorus and to suggest Obama is some sort of Communist who hates God and guns. And to make it all even scarier to real Americans, Kristol manages to throw in the dreaded words, "San Francisco," three times. Oh, ouch.

Seriously, Mr. Kristol, is this the best you can do? I realize that this isn't cheerleading for a war based on non-existent weapons of mass destruction, so your heart probably isn't in it, but Marx? Perhaps you should take a page out of another Marx's book and run with it. I'd suggest Harpo.


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