The Corner

Re: Let Freedom Reign

Ramesh – I think you and others miss the more salient reason Dowd’s being a jerk (again). If Bush wrote “Let freedom ring” she would have ridiculed it as an obvious, premeditated, public relations ploy, as would have most Democrats. But when Bush writes “let freedom reign!” he gets grief for mangling the quote. In other words, no matter what he wrote (“okey dokey,” “cool!,” “viva liberty!” whatever) it would have been ridiculed. If he put the note in his pocket he would have been ridiculed. If he hugged Tony Blair he would have been ridiculed. If he did anything short of grab his chest and fall face first into the table, the Dowds of the world would have mocked him because they no longer care about the substance of what Bush does, they only care about new material.

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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