Out of the Crosshairs
After more than a week of witnessing Sarah Palin standing in the crosshairs of the crazed, dispirited, and opportunistic elements in the left wing of America's political commentariat, Democrat and former mayor of New York City Ed Koch
has finally had enough. Though no special fan of Palin or of her politics, Koch declares her the winner in this round. He writes a classy, respectful and clear-eyed column defending Palin (and, thereby, his own American understanding of the proper way to conduct politics) against those of his own particular political persuasion who think that persuasion in politics can be or should be achieved by careless lies and manipulations. The cynical "whatever works" crowd in American political debate has more in common with the Loughner's of this world than do those they would have you believe are too extreme for polite society. Polite society worthy of America does not freak out whenever a strong and differing opinion is voiced or a counter opinion of equally strong vintage is offered in reply.
Of course, Koch is not writing this to do any favors for Palin--nor should he concern himself with that task. He's writing this to bring the silly whippersnappers among his own crowd back into check as a respected and elder statesman ought to do. Good for him and good for the Democrats if they listen to him. Good for America if we mind the generic advice he offers regarding fair (but still spirited) argumentation. The bi-partisan politics of "freaking out" strikes me as something more dangerous to our liberties these days than heated rhetoric about "crosshairs" and "blood libels."
12:31 PM / January 18, 2011