Today our quote comes from Charles Krauthammer writing about the literary merits and historical liberties to be found side-by-side in the excellent "Wolf Hall". Attend, children, and see what a Conservative with a permanent national media sinecure and zero self awareness sounds like (emphasis added because I can!):
...However, “Wolf Hall” poses questions not just political but literary. When such a distortion of history produces such a wonderfully successful piece of fiction, we are forced to ask: What license are we to grant to the historical novel?For all the learned answers, in reality it comes down to temporal proximity. If the event is in the recent past, you’d better be accurate. Oliver Stone’s paranoid and libelous “JFK” will be harmless in 50 years, but it will take that long for the stench to dissipate. On the other hand, does anyone care that Shakespeare diverges from the record (such as it is) in his Caesar or Macbeth or his Henrys?
What is the Modern Conservative movement but a successful and very lucrative piece of fiction?
And what is there to add but...Benghaaaaazi!