Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Howard Fineman on Obama and the death of Osama bin Laden: we finally beat the hippies!

I've never thought Howard Fineman, a generally reliable purveyor of conventional wisdom, was an impressive choice for the Huffington Post's stable of writers. His article on the death of Bin Laden reminds me why; Obama Gets Osama: Goodbye Vietnam The Huffington Post 05/02/2011:

By calmly and meticulously overseeing the successful targeting of Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama just proved himself -- vividly, in almost Biblical terms -- to be an effective commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the United States.

Good night, Vietnam. Goodbye, George McGovern's anti-war campaign of 1972. Goodbye, Jimmy Carter's pathetically inept hostage-rescue mission in 1980. Goodbye, Bill Clinton and the draft.

Or so Democrats have at least some reason to hope.
There have been all kinds of reactions all over the map to Bin Laden's death. This is the dumbest one I've come across. Bin Laden's death made Howard Fineman flash back to the days that defined the favorite images of Republican "culture warriors" - and decided it proves that George McGovern and the hippies have finally been exorcised from the Democratic Party!

It just doesn't get much dumber than that!

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