The Corner

If You Say So

Richard Cohen writes:

This business about socialism has become a conservative trope — as loony on the right as is some of the left’s admiration for Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez. The current issue of Commentary, a magazine that virtually created the neoconservative movement, devotes about 4,500 words to the subject. It asks: “What Kind of Socialist Is Barack Obama?” To which any sane person would have to reply: “Not a Very Good One.”

I’ll let Cohen’s suggestion that anyone who disagrees on this matter is not “sane” slide, to make an easier point. If Barack Obama isn’t a very good socialist, never mind a Very Good One — in super-serious capital letters — doesn’t that mean he’s still a socialist? Bob Uecker was not a very good baseball player, but he was a baseball player.

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