There is something just perfect in the symmetry of Liberals being mocked 10 years ago by a certain, neoconservative Weekly Standard op-ed writer using exactly the same, charming, nuance-is-for-dupes-and-pussies
"Meanwhile, among the smart set, Hamlet-like indecision has become the intellectual fashion...
"In certain circles, it is not only important what opinion you hold, but how you hold it. It is important to be seen dancing with complexity, sliding among shades of gray. Any poor rube can come to a simple conclusion...but the refined ratiocinators want to be seen luxuriating amid the difficulties, donning the jewels of nuance, even to the point of self-paralysis..."
and my-opponents-are-all-ignorant-tribal-posers framing
"You begin to realize that they are not arguing about Iraq. They are not arguing at all. They are just repeating the hatreds they cultivated in the 1960s, and during the Reagan years, and during the Florida imbroglio after the last presidential election. They are playing culture war, and they are disguising their eruptions as position-taking on Iraq, a country about which they haven’t even taken the trouble to inform themselves..."now being deployed exactly 10 years later to mock the same Liberals for the same heresies by another prominent op-ed writer who is also terribly frustrated that Liberals are obviously too stupid to understand that there are two and only two sides to his one, pet issue: his side, and the side of "stunted, trivial" Liberals who are clearly too stunted to realize how trivial they are.
Stupid Liberals."Meanwhile, a large bulk of the Democratic and liberal commentariat - led, as usual, by the highly-paid DNC spokesmen called "MSNBC hosts" and echoed, as usual, by various liberal blogs, which still amusingly fancy themselves as edgy and insurgent checks on political power rather than faithful servants to it - degraded all of the weighty issues raised by this episode by processing it through their stunted, trivial prism of partisan loyalty. "
For the record, here are links to a few of the many, many examples of various "highly-paid DNC spokesmen called 'MSNBC hosts' cleverly diverting attention away from Mr. Greenwald's views by devoting large swaths of their programming to discussing it.
Here here are links to a few of the many, many examples of MSNBC censoring Mr, Greenwald by putting him on MSNBC air (both in-person or by proxy) more than you or I will ever be on MSNBC in our collective lifetimes.
Here is MSNBC's Rachael Maddow demonstrating her "partisan loyalty" to her sinister DNC paymaster's desire to keep Glenn Greenwald's concerns about unchecked executive power to wage unlimited war under wraps by using the classic double-plus-reverso Jedi headfake trick of writing an entire, bestselling book on the subject of the dangers of unchecked executive power to wage unlimited war. A bestselling book which was reviewed by Mr. Greenwald as follows:
“America is in urgent need of a real debate over its addiction to sprawling militarism and endless war. It affects, and degrades, every aspect of national life: political, cultural, and economic. Nobody is better positioned to trigger that debate than Rachel Maddow, and that's exactly what she does in this startlingly insightful and well-written book. By stripping away the propaganda that distorts national security policy and laying bare its reality, Maddow has written one of those rare political books that can transform Americans' understanding of what their government is actually doing.”--GLENN GREENWALD, columnist for Salon and author of Liberty and Justice for Some
All of which is to say that while debates over the limits of executive power and the instrumentalities of war might contain myriad opinions that differ or overlap with each other slightly or measurably or radically, the notion that this subject is being censored or ignored or shuffled into the Unserious pile by Liberals is as patently toxic and ludicrous as the idea that anyone who does not toe the Greenwald line with perfect fidelity is a stunted, trivial, partisan stooge.