Deep Stupid


Today’s winners are Charles Krauthammer, for his editorial in WaPo, and Fred Hiatt, for publishing Krauthammer’s editorial in WaPo.

He Who Flattens the Cabbage sez:

“[T]he president speaks favorably of ’some initial reaction from the Supreme Leader that indicates he understands the Iranian people have deep concerns about the election.’ Where to begin? ‘Supreme Leader’? Note the abject solicitousness with which the American president confers this honorific on a clerical dictator.” — Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post, June 19

“And the president has said ‘I have seen in Iran’s initial reaction from the supreme leader.’ He is using an honorific to apply to a man whose minions out there are breaking heads, shooting demonstrators, arresting students, shutting the press down, and basically trying to suppress a popular democratic revolution.” — Charles Krauthammer, Fox News All Stars, June 16

Why does Obama refer to Khamanei as the Supreme Leader? Well, let’s see.  Maybe it’s because “Supreme Leader” is the man’s actual title?

He is the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, just like Obama is the President of the United States, and Krauthammer is the Supreme Potentate of the International Union of Thickheaded Demagogues.  Heck, Newt Gingrich still insists people call him “Speaker Gingrich,” even though he no longer holds the office and was forced out of the office in disgrace.

How badly do you have to want to hate in order for your worldview to get distorted enough that one officeholder addressing another officeholder by the latter’s official title becomes an outrage?  How badly do you have to want to believe someone is a secret Muslim that that person addressing a Muslim officeholder by his legally held, official title of state becomes “abject solicitousness”?

If Obama refers to the head of the Catholic Church as Pope Benedict, will Krauthammer accuse him of abject solicitousness?  Will he say Obama is conferring an honorific on a clerical dictator?  (The pope does hold absolute monarchy over Vatican City, after all.)  Would he imply Obama is a secret Catholic?

Oh, and:

“Look, these were sham elections from the beginning. In a real democracy, you can have a change of power as a result. That was not going to happen in Iran. The mullahs are in charge. Khamenei, the supreme leader, remains in charge.” — Charles Krauthammer, Fox News All Stars, June 12

via Yglesias


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5 Responses to “Deep Stupid”

  1. Naked Came the Stranger Says:

    Remember how I have quibbled in the past about whether these comments are really stupid, or just cynical lies, or whatever in the hell it was I said?

    This is DEEP, DEEP stupid.

    Center of the earth, far below the magma deep.

    I’m actually sort of impressed.

    And grateful that you read Krauthamer, so I don’t have to.

  2. urbino Says:

    Yeah, I feel ya on the cynical lies. I mentioned that in a recent post — that, for neocons, lying to the public to get the policy outcome you want is a virtue, not a vice. But there’s no reason they can’t be both cynical and deeply stupid, right? (In fact, that’s a pretty good summary of their record, IMHO.)

    Oh, and heavens no, I don’t read the ‘hammer; I got these quotes third hand. Life is too short to read the cynically stupid.

  3. Terry A. Says:

    Krauthammer is a real person? His column mug looks like a Simpsons character. I just always assumed he was a cartoon.

  4. urbino Says:

    He sort of is.

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