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Has Marc Ambinder Gone Mad?

In a post titled “Have Conservatives Gone Mad” he takes the epistemic closure stuff to shark-jumping heights. He writes:

Can anyone deny that the most trenchant and effective criticism of President Obama today comes not from the right but from the left? Rachel Maddow’s grilling of administration economic officials. Keith Olbermann’s hectoring Democratic leaders on the public option. Glenn Greenwald’s criticisms of Elena Kagan. Ezra Klein and Jonathan Cohn’s keepin’-them-honest perspectives on health care, the civil libertarian left on detainees and Gitmo.  The Huffington Post on derivatives.

I’ve always  liked Ambinder, but this is just self-serving twaddle. It’s as if he’s saying “I don’t need to read anything produced at National Review, The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, National Affairs, The Claremont Review of Books, City Journal, Reason and a thousand blogs and think tanks, because I just find Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, Ezra Klein and the Huffington Post’s attacks from the left so trenchant.”

And the rhetorical question-begging behind “can anyone deny” approaches Pauline Kael-esque bunkerism.


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