Sunlit Water

August 14, 2006

Strange Bedfellows

Filed under: Culture — by teofilo @ 2:14 am

I’m back from the shore; it was quite nice.  While I was there I watched a bit of television, which I haven’t done much this summer since I don’t have a working TV here.  One show I saw a little of was The McLaughlin Group, which I ordinarily can’t stand (that kind of shouting-oriented political talk show is totally not my thing).  What struck me about it, and I see this as an indication of just how strange the past few years have been, was how much sense Pat Buchanan was making.  He was ranting about the absurdity of the term “Islamofascist” and how it doesn’t adequately describe any of the groups it’s applied to, and I was like, “Yeah!  That gets it exactly right!  Wait, what the fuck?  That’s Pat Buchanan.  I’m agreeing with Pat Buchanan?”  It was weird.



  1. I’ve had that exact same experience watching the McLaughlin Group, especially in the run-up to the Iraq War. I would find myself thinking, “go Pat!” and then I’d have to remind myself that he’s a gross anti-Semite and almost fascistically right-wing. But even a broken watch tells the correct time twice a day, I guess.

    McLaughlin group is the only political panel show I like, even though there’s a lot of shouting. It’s great theater. Tony Blankley is such an incredible hack it’s unbelievable: what crazy Bush Administration decision is he going to have to bend over backwards to defend this week? And then there’s McLaughlin himself, who’s hilarious. Hard to believe now that he was a Nixon administration insider.

    Comment by dagger aleph — August 14, 2006 @ 10:45 am |Reply

  2. John Derbyshire does that to me occasionally — on Intelligent Design and such. There’s a difference between smart crazy people and wholly owned dishonest tools; while Buchanan is a bad, bad, strange man, he’s smart, and on an issue that doesn’t touch on his peculiar areas of craziness, he’s not all that unlikely to be sensible.

    Comment by LizardBreath — August 15, 2006 @ 12:29 pm |Reply

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