“Bob Herbert’s dimwitted slur” We are “bitter” We are “downight mean” Now we are also “dimwitted” (Sarah Palin)



Bob Herbert of the New York Times castigates the “dimwittedness” of Palin supporters while flaunting his own laziness, ignorance, and/or dishonesty.

Line of attack:

The Bush doctrine, which flung open the doors to the catastrophe in Iraq, was such a fundamental aspect of the administration’s foreign policy that it staggers the imagination that we could have someone no further than a whisper away from the White House who doesn’t even know what it is.

The Bush Doctrine

Does Bob Herbert read anything beyond left-wing publications? Does he get only information fed to him by the Obama campaign?

There is no single definition of the Bush Doctrine. The definition has evolved over the years. Charles Gibson got it wrong,too. ABC News has had varying definitions for the Bush Doctrine over the years. Andrew McCarthy notes that there has been ever shifting definitions of the Bush Doctrine. Lliberal columnist Kirsten Powers, who writes for the New York Post (or does Herbert refuse to read one of his hometown newspapers) wrote that ABC News bungled the Bush Doctrine. Charles Krauthammer and others have cited the evolving history of the term.

Then he has the gall to criticize Palin for not being able to condense this elusive, contested concept into a sound bite?

Worse, his use of the term “hockey moms” is transparently offensive. She was a mayor, she is a Governor (the most popular in the nation, which gives some indication about how successful she has been).

Bob Herbert is a columnist whose columns are so predictable and devoid of creativity that they have been mocked at a website that can generate Bob Herbert columns by just dropping a topic into a program that computer generates a faux Herbert column.

What else is notable in the Herbert column? He rails against Palin on the issue of the Bush Doctrine yet does not even define the Bush Doctrine himself.

Who is dimwitted?

Finally, Hebert has this gem:

John McCain, who is shameless about promoting himself as America’s ultimate patriot, put the best interests of the nation aside in making his incredibly reckless choice of a running mate. But there is a profound double standard in this country. The likes of John McCain and George W. Bush can do the craziest, most irresponsible things imaginable, and it only seems to help them politically.

I guess that makes people who support John McCain and Sarah Palin dimwits.

What is curious about his use of “double standard” is he fails to see the irony from earlier in his column when he wrote:

For those who haven’t noticed, we’re electing a president and vice president, not selecting a winner on “American Idol.”

Barack Obama, Mr. Herbert, is the one who is playing the “American idol” role here: a man with a tissue-thin resume and a record of few accomplishments and responsibilities who has been propelled upwards because of personal charisma and a top notch ability to read a teleprompter when giving a speech. He might as well be lip synching. That is an American Idol for you.

But maybe we should be happy for columnists like Herbert who condescendingly look down at so many Americans. They give us an insight into the reason so many in the media support Barack Obama. They identify with his and his wife’s view of Americans — we are “bitter”, we are “downight mean”. Now we are also “dimwitted”.

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