You know it's all over when the only ones left to shoot are the messengers.
Mitt Romney, who has ferociously hewed to assaults on Obama's economy through the rather unorthodox strategy of blathering about welfare checks and Medicare's destruction and embassy cables, has expired his list of geopolitical foes; his frenemies are abandoning the yacht in self-preserving horror; those eight-or-nine-or-so battleground states' 36 undecided voters have finally decided; and flush Democrats' weightiest decision is now that of choosing between a cheeky Krug Clos d'Ambonnay and the more serviceable Dom Perignon '66--but they must order soon, well before January 20th, because supplies are limited.
Yes, it's all over, they're all gone, except the messengers. Ergo the desperate right-winging press is having a nostalgic field day in its pressed desperation: Romney is toast, his friends are traitors, Dems are too deliriously happy to care anymore--so what greater, more splendid opportunity to attack the "uninhibitedly" as well as "implicitly liberal media"?
The Wall Street Journal's editorial page kicks things off with "Romney Offends the Pundits"--a somewhat brooding (isn't it fun?), self-explanatory screed about "the press corps [being] offended by [a foreign policy] debate." But no one can embarrass himself and his self-righteous cause like the NY Post's neoconningly demented John Podhoretz. In "The media lash out," he scrawls:
Apparently, it is the view of much of the mainstream media and foreign-policy establishment that discussing these horrific events in the course of the presidential campaign is monstrous.
Podhoretz will of course never "get it," because, simply, he's immensely uninterested in getting it. As neoconservatives are by now unastoundingly wont to do, he begins by distorting the original criticism--that Romney's timing was indecorous and even appalling--into a fraud of injured virtue: Is it really wrong for Romney to want to "discuss" foreign policy? In the course of a presidential campaign?
And facts? Well, screw the facts. On-the-ground facts don't matter. Nietzsche matters, but not facts.
Dear WSJ and Mr. Podhoretz: You may have noticed that fewer and fewer volk seem to be listening to you these days; and it could be, it just could be, that they, after 30+ years of your warring, inequality-exploding bullshit, have had enough.