David Horowitz: Obama Republican?
December 6, 2008 - 3:06pm ET
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I've often heard a funny story about David Horowitz. It goes like this: D-ho, as the histrionically neurotic former 1960s far-left radical turned far-right propagandist is sometimes called, was supposedly irritated by something said by a former '60s comrade who is now a liberal, and responded to his former comrade that if the New Left had won, people like him (i.e., sellout liberals) would have been shot. The former comrade responded that if the '60s left had won, David Horowitz would still be in it.
The cat's opportunistic, in other words.
Now the man who's spend years peddling shrieking right-wing lunacy about Democrats is all about debunking shrieking right-wing lunacy about Democrats. Here, he publishes an effective debunking of conservative claims that the Community Reinvestment Act caused the financial crisis. Here, he takes on right-wing attempts to claim Obama is not a natural-born citizen.
This is how he explains his present task: keeping conservatives from "acting like unpatriotic sore losers and attacking the legitimacy of the new commander-in-chief."
Wait, that's only the second half of the sentence. The whole formulation is: "It seems like I've taken on the thankless task of keeping conservatives from behaving like liberals, acting like unpatriotic sore losers and attacking the legitimacy of the new commander-in-chief."
We'll be seeing a lot of this in the future: attempts by right-wing hustlers with their eye on the main chance reinventing themselves as Obama Republicans. We'll be following it here on the Big Con.
[UPDATE: After publishing this post I heard from a friend that David Horowitz lost his daughter this year, and I found my way to this extraordinary eulogy by him. I recommend everyone read it. Truly, we can't afford to dehumanize our adversaries. Truly, the world is a complex place.]
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