Friday, April 10, 2009

The Eloquent Advocate

Some time back, on a Fox News panel, the mildly liberal Mara Liasson prefaced a response to one of Charles Krauthammer's assertions with the comment, "I will certainly never disagree with anything Charles Krauthammer says, but..."
Krauthammer, winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 1987, is held in high esteem by just about everyone, including those who disagree with him. Liberals (and some conservatives) think that the voice of conservatism is best represented by Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter. It isn't. (Not that those two aren't fun to read or listen to). The Financial Times agreed, in 2006 calling Krauthammer the most influential commentator in America.
Krauthammer is the polar opposite (as most of us are) of the Neanderthal-like caricature of conservatives as portrayed by the media and the arts. [Appearing in today's WSJ is a review of a new Bush bashing play (yes, another one) in which a character "is a right-wing stick figure who won't eat his wife's French toast unless she calls it freedom toast."]
For being able to devastate an opposing viewpoint or a politician's policies without resorting to mindless insults, Krauthammer is unmatched. A prime example is his shredding of Obama's "restoration of foreign policy realism" and "celebration of America's decline" in today's Wahington Post.
Another recent article by Krauthammer well worth reading is his derisive critique of Obama's stem cell decision last month. Krauthammer is uniquely qualified to write about this since he is both an M.D. and a paraplegic who supports and potentially stands to benefit from stem cell research. This column is also a good remedy for those afflicted with the twin delusions of Obama the intellectual and Bush the dummy.

Just a short comment about an editorial today in the WSJ concerning Obama's decision to violate the Nafta treaty and ban Mexican trucks from U.S. roads. Mexico has retaliated by imposing a 20% tariff on imported U.S. produce. Now U.S. fruit growers are being hurt - the WSJ says the potential annual loss for pear exporters alone could reach $60 million. And for what? The number of trucks banned numbered in the low hundreds. There are billions of trucks on our roads.
Obama took this step to pay off his political debt to the Teamsters Union. Just another instance of reneging on his pledge not to bow to special interests nor to act unilaterally.

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