Roger Kimball almost feels sorry for the mercurial Frank Rich. Because of all the hate:
Obama’s deficit in his first year is nearly 5 times the enormous deficit bequeathed us by the Bush administration. And that’s after only his “scant 145″ days in office. Just wait till he sinks his teeth in health care, cap-and-trade, and other economic pits.
While we wait for that tragedy to unfold, let us return to Frank Rich and his campaign against “haters.” He starts by linking to a a video clip in which FoxNews anchor Shepard Smith expresses concern about the “out there” rhetoric of the anti-Obama email that has been pouring into his inbox. Rich’s gambit is essentially “If even FoxNews is worried, we have a problem.” But what struck me was the fact that someone at “conservative,” “right-wing” FoxNews would acknowledge and criticize the intemperate tone of missives critical of the president. Was there ever any such airing on NBC, CBS, CNN, or in the pages of The New York Times when the Bush = Hitler folks climbed up on their soap boxes?
Motes and beams, I suspect.