Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The New York Times knows how to write good

James Taranto throws a fifteen-yard flag for metaphor abuse on the New York Times' op-ed hacks.

The Republican Party is in quite a rush to keelhaul Senator Larry Craig for his run-in with the vice squad in an airport men's room. . . . No similar leadership chorus for judgment has been heard about any number of other scandalous revelations on the party's plate. . . . Being stupid as a member of Congress is hardly a reason to be ridden on a rail from Washington. But Republican presidential campaigners are urging Mr. Craig to resign fast as a swift boat.

. . . Underlying the hurry to disown the senator, of course, is the party's brutal agenda of trumpeting the gay-marriage issue. To the extent Senator Craig, a stalwart in the family values caucus, might morph into a blatant hypocrite before the voters' eyes, he reflects on the party's record in demonizing homosexuality. The rush to cast him out betrays the party's intolerance, which is on display for the public in all of its ugliness.

I hate to admit it, but I'm stumped. I can't even add any snark to that egregious mess. It's horizontally integrated satire.

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