I can’t seem to let a week go by without noting the vitriol and hypocrisy emanating from the column of Charles Krauthammer. This week Krauthammer tells us that he is concerned about the free ride the media are giving “Saint Obama” on the Wright controversy.
“[T]he revelation of the Wright tapes, temporarily forced the media to subject Obama to normal scrutiny. But after the “speech” and Tuzla, they have reverted to form as protectors of the myth of Obama…
“it is now dishonorable to even make note of Wright’s bigotry and ask how any man — let alone a man on the threshold of the presidency — could associate himself for 20 years with the purveyor of such hate.”
Now, I’m not sure when Krauthammer committed himself to driving anger, hatred, and scorn from the halls of public discourse, but given that he has, he is doubtless writing a column at this very moment criticizing Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. The Falwell/Robertson column will be an important one, too, because they are not merely pastors. They are quite literally king-makers in the GOP.
No Republican (and this means you John McCain) can legitimately aspire to the highest office in the land without their endorsement. Krauthammer’s column could take many statements by Falwell or Robertson as the text for his next anti-hate column, but I would suggest their commentary two days after 9/11 when they explained the tragedy thusly:
JERRY FALWELL: I’ve never sensed a togetherness, a burden, a broken heart as I do in the Church today, and just 48 hours… I fear that this is only the beginning…. what we saw on Tuesday, as terrible as it is, could be miniscule if, in fact, if in fact God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve.
PAT ROBERTSON: Jerry, that’s my feeling. I think we’ve just seen the antechamber to terror. We haven’t even begun to see what they can do to the major population.
JERRY FALWELL: The ACLU’s got to take a lot of blame for this.
PAT ROBERTSON: Well, yes.
JERRY FALWELL: …The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen’.
PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I totally concur… .
After the Falwell/Robertson column Charles will likely move on to the Coulters, Savages, and Limbaughs of the world. Then on to the authors of books like “Liberal Fascism: the Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning” and “The Party of Death: Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life”.
Yes, Krauthammer’s campaign against hate will keep him occupied for years.