Praise With Faint Damning

posted at 3:00 pm on September 6, 2010 by Doctor Zero

In a Friday night post, Allahpundit followed up a dose of pure rotgut Alan Grayson insanity with a little milk of magnesia from the Atlantic Wire.  It seems “many liberals” are “rejecting” the new book from Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas.  Charmingly titled American Taliban, the book’s official description is quoted by the Atlantic Wire as follows:

America’s primary international enemy–Islamic radicalism–insists on government by theocracy, curtails civil liberties, embraces torture, represses women, wants to eradicate homosexuals from society, and insists on the use of force over diplomacy. Remind you of a certain American political party? In American Taliban, Markos Moulitsas pulls no punches as he compares how the Republican Party and Islamic radicals maintain similar worldviews and tactics. Moulitsas also challenges the media, fellow progressives, and our elected officials to call the radical right on their jihadist tactics more forcefully for the good of our nation and safety of all citizens.

It’s refreshing to hear liberals are rejecting that kind of trash, isn’t it?  Unfortunately, the condemnation from liberals quoted by the Atlantic Wire is decidedly conditional.

Jamelle Bouie of The American Prospect says:

Like Liberal Fascism, American Taliban is another entry in the tired genre of “my political opponents are monsters.” Indeed, Moulitsas begins the book with the Goldbergian declaration that “in their tactics and on the issues, our homegrown American Taliban are almost indistinguishable from the Afghan Taliban.”

Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism says nothing of the kind.  The author takes great pains to explain, repeatedly, that his purpose is not to smear contemporary liberals as neo-Nazis.  Instead, his extensively researched and footnoted book puts fascism into its proper historical context as a form of collectivism, related to communism and socialism far more closely than anything on the “right” side of the Western political spectrum.  Goldberg wrote the book because he was tired of people like Markos Moulitsas trying to shout down conservatives by calling them fascists.  He knew he was handling a conceptual hand grenade, and he begins nearly every chapter of his book by checking to ensure the pin is still firmly in place.

All of the five liberal responses to American Taliban quoted by the Atlantic Wire include a drive-by smear of Jonah Goldberg or his book.  Either none of these people has actually read Liberal Fascism, or all of them are liars.  Jamelle Bouie has apparently seen the cover, because his review notes the similarity of the cover to American Taliban.  This testifies to the limits of Moulitsas’ imagination, not the kinship of the subject matter.

Ben Crair of The Daily Beast pauses in his breathless rush to denounce American Taliban to take a swipe at some other well-known intruders running along the walls and ceiling of the liberal subconscious:

Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas has long been open about his admiration for the scorched-earth tactics of the conservative movement. So it should not come as a surprise that, after a trip through the looking glass, his new book American Taliban might have just as easily been written by Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter. This is a liberal’s attempt at a conservative bestseller.

Sure, Ben.  Rush Limbaugh explicitly compares liberals to murderous cave-dwelling religious fanatics all the time. Ann Coulter is second to none in her contempt for the intelligence of the Left, but she has yet to write an entire book forcefully arguing her political opponents are exactly the same as the terrorists who murdered thousands of Americans on 9/11.  (It’s worth slogging through Crair’s entire review to reach the howler where he says Al Franken “steers clear of sledgehammer rhetoric,” instead “using humor to expose the absurdity and hypocrisy of many conservative ideas.”)

Matt Yglesias, last heard offering the opinion that lying is acceptable when it advances liberal goals, cuts to the quick when he questions the effectiveness of Moulitsas’ hatemongering, rather than its legitimacy:

I tend to think that this is one of the areas where progressives aren’t just doing the right thing, but have a smarter tactical approach to politics. There are scenarios in which tagging your political opponents with smears can be effective, but I don’t see any evidence that the particular apocalyptic “my enemies are totalitarian madmen” strain of Birch/Beck/Goldberg conservatism has helped anyone win any elections. This should be differentiated from the occasional lapse into rhetorical excess that everyone does now and again. I’m talking specifically about the kind of sustained effort to seriously persuade people that Elana Kagan favors sharia or Dwight Eisenhower is a Communist that you see among loons of all stripes but that seems to be granted more respectability on the right.

See how he slipped Birch right in there with Beck and Goldberg?  That’s some clever writing right there!  This kind of casual slander is so typical of the Goebbels/Moulitsas/Yglesias doctrine of politically sanctioned lies.  It’s almost as distasteful as all those mainstream conservative websites pushing their “Red Dwight Eisenhower” scare stories.

These lefty writers spend a lot of time congratulating themselves for their high-minded dismissal of American Taliban. The truth is that Moulitsas has become an embarrassment to the Left.  His slavering diatribes are greatly impeding their efforts to push the new Narrative of Hate, which they hope will save their dying ideology from outraged voters.  By comparing the output of Beck, Limbaugh, Coulter, or Goldberg to inexcusable garbage like American Taliban, they render praise through faint damning.  They need to open a little distance between themselves and Markos, but they can’t resist taking the opportunity to slip in a few shots at the people they really disapprove of.

These liberals might have their boots planted in Moulitsas’ face, but they haven’t climbed very far out of his mud pit.

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Excellent.

Bob's Kid on September 6, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Coulter instead refers to liberals as Godless.

The real problem with liberals is their incessant narcissistic need to show moral relativism so they can appear above it all.

John the Libertarian on September 6, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Another big difference: Limbaugh and Coulter write best sellers. This Kos book won’t even register a blip.

redshirt on September 6, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Bad picture, it makes him look like an absolute crackpot dirtbag. Oh wait….

29Victor on September 6, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Just keep in mind the following facts:

Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei translated to the: National Socialist German Workers Party.

In certain basic respects – a totalitarian state structure, a single party, a leader, a secret police, a hatred of political, cultural and intellectual freedom – fascism and communism are clearly more like each other than they are like anything in between.

Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.,

Any thinking person that looks beyond the attempted revision of history by the Left, can see that they all at Statists of the same stripe.

Chip on September 6, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Yet another home run, Doc!

Oh, and if ever anyone had a Backpfeifengesicht (a face that badly needs a fist smashed into it), it would be Mr. Moulitsas.

Mary in LA on September 6, 2010 at 3:10 PM

I am just surprised that America’s Insane Asylum aka MSNBC has never offered Markos Moulitsas his own nightly prime time foam-at-the-mouth-fest TV show.

Because when it comes to having followers who are either confined to the padded-cell/straitjacket violent ward, or have been off their medication way too long, Markos Moulitsas holds the lion’s share, far more than lunatic par excellance wack-job Ed Schultz can only dream of possessing.

pilamaye on September 6, 2010 at 3:11 PM

The Jewish Holidays, Personal Responsibility, and Progressivism
by Jeff Dunetz
If you want to read a great article about progressives and Jews, this one is at biggovernment.com

Bambi on September 6, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

Hey, I remember him! He was a well known and highly respected conservative academic who…
Oh, wait. That must have been the OTHER Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

oldleprechaun on September 6, 2010 at 3:15 PM

I want to invite Markos to my house on election day for a book signing. Anyone know how to contact him?

iam7545 on September 6, 2010 at 3:21 PM

If you have any doubt about liberalism being a mental disorder, visit the Daily Kos site and all doubt will be removed immediately. Moulitsas surprises me that he could put enough coherent sentences together to compile a book. The fact that he can even read is mind boggling.

volsense on September 6, 2010 at 3:24 PM

The Jewish Holidays, Personal Responsibility, and Progressivism
by Jeff Dunetz
If you want to read a great article about progressives and Jews, this one is at biggovernment.com

Bambi on September 6, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Thanks, Bambi! I followed your recommendation — that is indeed an excellent article.

Mary in LA on September 6, 2010 at 3:28 PM

The key to the left’s power is keeping their base away from the truth … so yeah, slinging mud and lies and doing it with some semblence of authority is all they have.

darwin on September 6, 2010 at 3:29 PM

This just proves the little lefty hate monkey despises American history, because if anything, the country’s current conservatism is far milder than it’s been since our founding.

Whereas this country never has embraced the lunatic left policies that Kos wants. Totally foreign to anything we’ve ever done.

NoDonkey on September 6, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Bad picture, it makes him look like an absolute crackpot dirtbag. Oh wait….

29Victor on September 6, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Actually, looking at the picture I was thinking “Damn, Charlie Sheen gets the best of him every time on ‘Two-and-a-Half Men’.”

jon1979 on September 6, 2010 at 3:35 PM

It’s really starting to be fun watching the left implode. Now to keep the repubs on the tracks is more like work.

tim c on September 6, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Gosh, they’ll stoop to anything to win. Shocka!

Christien on September 6, 2010 at 3:51 PM

There is a simple retort to all of this. If the right were truly like the Taliban, the liberals would have been silenced long ago! The truth is those persons like MarkyKoS are truly cowards and only have the ability to speak because our big bad army that they despise keeps watch over our nation.

Africanus on September 6, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Why is there a picture of Jon Cryer on this post?

ButterflyDragon on September 6, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Historians will look back at this and scratch their heads. The Democrats have done a lot – often, as I say, against the grain of the electorate’s wishes. All by itself, and flawed as it may be, the healthcare reform is a historic initiative, one that eluded Democrats for decades. The country did not want it, and got it anyway. Yet progressive commentators are deeply unimpressed. Sell-out. Half-measures. The Democratic base is telling pollsters that it cannot be bothered to turn out in November.

As Oscar Wilde observed about the death of Little Nell, you would need a heart of stone not to laugh.

Schadenfreude on September 6, 2010 at 4:15 PM

If you need registration for the above, search for this

Democrats are facing a drubbing
By Clive Crook

Published: September 5 2010

Schadenfreude on September 6, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Limp, impotent and gutless

New gay bashing phrase, doncha know.

carbon_footprint on September 6, 2010 at 4:20 PM

I see piles of Kos’s last book in the Dollar Store bin.

No takers.

Is there a ha’penny store for his next tripe-orama?

And wasn’t the American Taliban an actual American who went over to the Taliban?

John Walker Lindh.

Another loon like Kos.

profitsbeard on September 6, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Idle question – is he as short as he looks?

katiejane on September 6, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Why do Dems jump through hoops for this weasel? Because he has a web site. OOOOHHH !!. Doesn’t just about every political writer have a web now?

Hummer53 on September 6, 2010 at 4:37 PM

There is a simple retort to all of this. If the right were truly like the Taliban, the liberals would have been silenced long ago! The truth is those persons like MarkyKoS are truly cowards and only have the ability to speak because our big bad army that they despise keeps watch over our nation.

Africanus on September 6, 2010 at 4:06 PM

And lest we forget what Kos really thinks about those who protect his worthless hide.

Cylor on September 6, 2010 at 4:47 PM

I see piles of Kos’s last book in the Dollar Store bin.
No takers.
Is there a ha’penny store for his next tripe-orama?
And wasn’t the American Taliban an actual American who went over to the Taliban?
John Walker Lindh.
Another loon like Kos.
profitsbeard on September 6, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Look at the good side of this – after Obama the oppressive succeeds in Cloward-Pivening the country, we can use that useless paper for kindling in campfires to keep warm.

Chip on September 6, 2010 at 4:59 PM

I don’t know how anyone could want to be associated with the Hatefulled Left..I just don’t.

Good read and very insightful…Sometimes if the tactics of the Hatefilled Left aren’t exposed one might miss the subtle smears…

CCRWM on September 6, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Kos, the Left’s Toy Yappy Dog, publishes his book … just before an election that looks to be a 100m-wide meteor strike on Democrats, Socialists, Leftists and Leftism in general … 5 YEARS LATE.
.
… and even Kos’s ideological friends can’t be bothered to read it.
.
Is Kos making money on his book? I bet his publisher isn’t
.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Arbalest on September 6, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Just wandered over to amazon.com to see how Marxist Kos’ “book” is doing.

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #768 in Books
#19 in Books > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Political Science > Political Doctrines
#1 in Books > Nonfiction > Politics > Political Parties

Translated: There are still plenty of suckers out there who will buy this steaming heap. The amazon “reviews” confirm it.

And this book will be required reading on many college campuses this fall.

And here are a few of the “guest reviews” amazon quoted:

Moulitsas alerts us to a clear and present danger in America: radical zealots who disregard our Constitution and our freedoms and who disguise themselves as patriots.
—Roger Ebert, film critic and Russ Meyer screenwriter

Markos writes with a conscience and armed with facts to let you know: no, you’re not crazy. What you suspected all along was true—America’s right wing lives on a myth of self-constructed lies about the Other, with a juvenile disregard for reality, and Obama’s presidency has further radicalized an already radical conservative movement.
—Janeane Garofalo, comic and actor

It isn’t possible to understand American politics now without understanding the worldview and arguments of Markos Moulitsas. If you still believe the beltway caricature of the squishy, compromising, conciliatory American left, American Taliban should disabuse you of that notion.
—Rachel Maddow, The Rachel Maddow Show

And my fave:

American Taliban shines a blinding light on the conservative right’s dark agenda. Anyone who genuinely cares about America should read this book.
—David Coverdale, Whitesnake

Del Dolemonte on September 6, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Let’s try that second part again-sorry about that

Moulitsas alerts us to a clear and present danger in America: radical zealots who disregard our Constitution and our freedoms and who disguise themselves as patriots.
—Roger Ebert, film critic and Russ Meyer Screenwriter

Markos writes with a conscience and armed with facts to let you know: no, you’re not crazy. What you suspected all along was true—America’s right wing lives on a myth of self-constructed lies about the Other, with a juvenile disregard for reality, and Obama’s presidency has further radicalized an already radical conservative movement.
—Janeane Garofalo, comic and actor

It isn’t possible to understand American politics now without understanding the worldview and arguments of Markos Moulitsas. If you still believe the beltway caricature of the squishy, compromising, conciliatory American left, American Taliban should disabuse you of that notion.
—Rachel Maddow, The Rachel Maddow Show

And my fave:

American Taliban shines a blinding light on the conservative right’s dark agenda. Anyone who genuinely cares about America should read this book.
—David Coverdale, Whitesnake

Del Dolemonte on September 6, 2010 at 6:09 PM

I dunno. If I was a typical America hating lefty loon, I’d be upset about Kos daring to compare the poor misunderstood islamic freedom fighters to those evil imperialistic rethuglican storm troopers.

LegendHasIt on September 6, 2010 at 6:11 PM

So if the American Right and the Taliban are exactly the same… why does the left empathize with the Taliban, try to negotiate with them, and cover up their barbarism?

Is Moulitsas actually admitting that the Taliban is bad in its treatment of stoning women to death, hanging gays, etc.? That’s actually a pretty big thing for a liberal to do. Does this imply that he’s actually acknowledging the Taliban’s murderous intent towards those they hate?

And if he is, can’t he thus see the disconnect between Coulter and Rush, who AFAIK haven’t lashed any adulteresses or beaten and gays to death?

Oh, wait, Moulitsas is the arch-leftist who also said the military was the perfect society – because he relishes dictatorship and socialist servitude (and not the freedom that the noble volunteer military preserves at expense of the eminently noble individual volunteer’s willingness to preserve said freedom).

CPL 310 on September 6, 2010 at 6:23 PM

This kind of casual slander is so typical of the Goebbels/Moulitsas/Yglesias doctrine of politically sanctioned lies.

Hah! You’re a funny guy. Do you think those guys will read your blog? I mean, you don’t think they even read Goldberg’s book.

hawkdriver on September 6, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Nice write up by Doctor Zero, pretty much word for word what I was thinking when Hot Air first posted the negative reviews on American Taliban which had to take a shot at Liberal Fascism and Goldberg.

Liberal Fascism is a fascinating read and is more a history book than anything else. The title is an actual term used in the early days of Progressivism, Goldberg has explained it’s origin, the cover is an obvious neck turner and seems to be what morons like Jon Stewart focus on most without even reading the book. I remember that Daily Show Interview where Goldberg is trying to talk about his book and all that clown Stewart could do was make fun of the title and the cover – he clearly didn’t even read the book and then resorted to swearing and cussing the rest of the time.

Liberal Fascism obliterates the lie that Fascism is only a tool of the right and that racism and intolerance are only embraced by the right.

Daemonocracy on September 6, 2010 at 6:35 PM

An entirely irrelevant observation: Moulitsas and Garafolo look like androgynous twins. Were they separated at birth?

onlineanalyst on September 6, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Either none of these people has actually read Liberal Fascism, or all of them are liars.

2nd option.

As for Franken, WHEN was he ever humorous about anything?

GarandFan on September 6, 2010 at 7:05 PM

that lying is acceptable when it advances liberal goals,

I have heard the same meme from religious charlatans “if it brings them to Jesus…”, and political lackeys. Lying is lying, no ifs, ands, buts, or ors. If you have to lie to prove your point, you have no point.

Lies breed mistrust as soon as they are discovered, and the damage caused by lies is far greater than premise would ever be.

Rode Werk on September 6, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Bad picture, it makes him look like an absolute crackpot dirtbag. Oh wait….

29Victor on September 6, 2010 at 3:08 PM

My first thought was, “he shore duz have a purty mouth.” Of course, that would make me limp-wristed, impotent and gutless. (for those of you under 30, look up Deliverance.)

Concerning the libs comparisons to Jonah Goldberg’s book, they don’t know enough history to realize that fascism was an actual form of government, and not just an insult to be tossed around.

TugboatPhil on September 6, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Idle question – is he as short as he looks?
katiejane on September 6, 2010 at 4:32 PM

I dunno. Never seen him naked.

Akzed on September 6, 2010 at 7:33 PM

The real problem with liberals is their incessant narcissistic need to show moral relativism so they can appear above it all.

John the Libertarian on September 6, 2010 at 3:06 PM

I love that sentence. It say it all so pithily!

Gob on September 6, 2010 at 8:06 PM

These lefty writers spend a lot of time congratulating themselves for their high-minded dismissal of American Taliban. The truth is that Moulitsas has become an embarrassment to the Left. His slavering diatribes are greatly impeding their efforts to push the new Narrative of Hate, which they hope will save their dying ideology from outraged voters.

When they push their Narrative of Hate, we spotlight Moulitsas.

Thanks for the ammo, Moulitsas.

petefrt on September 6, 2010 at 8:17 PM

It seems “many liberals” are “rejecting” the new book from Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas. Charmingly titled American Taliban, the book’s official description is quoted by the Atlantic Wire as follows:
=====================================

Rejecting KOS’s book,maybe Markos is too Moderate for the
rest of the DemonCrats!!(sarc).

canopfor on September 6, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Moulitsas also challenges the media, fellow progressives, and our elected officials to call the radical right on their jihadist tactics more forcefully for the good of our nation and safety of all citizens.
=====================================

Ahem,I sure do Hope,that Marko’s isn’t thinking about what
Iran is paying out,*wink-wink* bounty idea,

jus say’n!!

canopfor on September 6, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Would the libs support Predator strikes against selected American conservatives, considering the Liberal in Chief is sending the drones against the original Taliban in Afghanistan? As a method of controlling the conservative Jihadis, I mean.

Bishop on September 6, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Moulitsas has the Alinsky bitterness and hate without the Alinsky brains. He is brat child in young man’s body.

petefrt on September 6, 2010 at 8:42 PM

I think,Markos has his parties mixed up!!

Maybe he`s thinking of the Iraqy Republican Guards,
or,Irans Revolutionary Guards!!!!

canopfor on September 6, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Try this again!
==================

I think,Markos has his parties mixed up!!

Maybe he`s thinking of the Iraqy Republican Guards,
or,Irans *evolutionary Guards!!!!

canopfor on September 6, 2010 at 8:53 PM

No one with any sort of gravitas pays any attention to this Kos character’s book, or for that matter, to him.

n0doz on September 6, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Keep trying Markos. . Someday you’ll write a book
that equals “See Spot Pee”

Sorry Spot ! !

Texyank on September 7, 2010 at 1:11 AM

Would the libs support Predator strikes against selected American conservatives, considering the Liberal in Chief is sending the drones against the original Taliban in Afghanistan? As a method of controlling the conservative Jihadis, I mean.

Bishop on September 6, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Don’t give them any ideas.

Cylor on September 7, 2010 at 4:38 AM

So pathetic …yet it does maintain that left/right struggle to keep us occupied…
I’m sure the PTB love it…

jerrytbg on September 7, 2010 at 7:40 AM

Looking at Markos Moulitsas picture, offhand I would say this guy spent a little too much time with his Uncle Pervy in the toolshed. Uncle seems to have screwed up his brains along with other “things”. Along with Obamalinsky’s megalo narcissism due to an early life of abandonment by parents and parental figures, America is paying a high price to tolerate these mental cases. Is there a doctor in the house?

adamsmith on September 7, 2010 at 8:03 AM

Markos is right about us! When we Christian conservatives resume power in the Federal government I fully expect to be appointed czar for the ministry of correct thinking. My plan is to gather up all liberal weenies and force them to learn Bible verses. And if they are too slow my church lady teams will cut the heads off their animal crackers and only serve warm Koolaid! Kos ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Zdad on September 7, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Markos is right about us! When we Christian conservatives resume power in the Federal government I fully expect to be appointed czar for the ministry of correct thinking. My plan is to gather up all liberal weenies and force them to learn Bible verses. And if they are too slow my church lady teams will cut the heads off their animal crackers and only serve warm Koolaid! Kos ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Zdad on September 7, 2010 at 8:12 AM

*
When I got to the part where you wrote, “my church lady teams will cut the heads off their…”, my unbidden thought was, “They don’t have one!”.

Metanis on September 7, 2010 at 9:24 AM

I dunno. Never seen him naked.

Akzed on September 6, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Ewwww

katiejane on September 7, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Superb imagery in this one, dude:

some other well-known intruders running along the walls and ceiling of the liberal subconscious

and

He knew he was handling a conceptual hand grenade, and he begins nearly every chapter of his book by checking to ensure the pin is still firmly in place.

Keep it coming!

dicentra63 on September 7, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Uh oh. A liberal in trouble.

Time to lower the bar.

TimBuk3 on September 7, 2010 at 12:54 PM