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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan was on Don Imus's radio show this morning, arguing for his anti-Israel, pro-isolationism worldview. He was also on Meet the Press opposite Natan (Anatoly) Sharansky, author of The Case For Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror. I have a question about this: who listens to Buchanan any more? I know he is a very good writer, was a speechwriter for Nixon, and for some reason seems to be loved by the press. However, he has been run out of the Republican Party and no longer represents the view of a very significant number of conservatives. No one cares what he thinks. He still is making the same arguments about foreign policy he made before 9/11, except he is applying them to new facts. His way to stop terrorism (they wouldn't be killing our troops if we weren't over there, or "intervention causes terrorism" as Cliff May puts it) was disproved by 9/11 when the terrorists attacked us at home. Still, he clings to his pre-9/11 worldview with tenacity a stubborn bulldog would envy. He is supposed to be a smart man, but I think that time has passed him by, and he has not been able to adjust to the new reality of the 21st century.

NOTE TO MSM: Don't book Buchanan any more. Instead, book conservatives who have held positions in an administration in the last twenty years.


posted by John Branch @ 10:17 AM


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