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Friday: July 23, 2010

How Stale Are These Talking Points?

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In The Corner, Ramesh Ponnuru quotes some leftie as saying that Sen. Webb’s recent editorial “made him sound like a mossback from the last century” and demanding that Webb “get his head out of the last, sad epoch of covert racist talk and join the rest of America in the 21st century”. The last century was only ten years ago! Is social progress that fast? Is the Clinton administration now a byword for Mediaeval repression? Was the George W. Bush administration the greater part of the new Age of Enlightenment? Or are some lefties working from talking points issued more than ten years ago, when “the last century” referred, much more plausibly, to the 19th? I wonder if any of them are still using faded mimeographs.