The Corner

Re: Hush

Just a quick point re K-Lo’s reader. I understand the point — we all fear the Lowry curse, after all. But it’s also important to call attention to the fact that Dean’s a loser. It sets a media environment, creates a storyline, inclines the press to look at Dean a certain way and highlight certain sorts of statements over others. If many in the mainstream press had their way, Dean’s utterances would be treated with more reverance. Pointing out what a bitter dud he is makes that more difficult and honest reporting less difficult. Moreover, it’s not like Dean hasn’t been given plenty of opportunities to heed the wisdom of even his well-intentioned critics. He’s immune to such stuff because that’s his nature. Let Dean be Dean by all means, but that doesn’t mean he should get free passes for his buffoonery.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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