Be Careful What You Wish for, Mr. President. You Just Might Get It.
Patrick J. Buchanan's defenestration by MSNBC continues to stir comment across the blogosphere, as well as on AT's comment page.
Over the weekend, our friends are PJM posted a piece by Ron Radosh on Buchanan. Radosh links to most of the commentary, including Andrew Sullivan's defense of him. MSNBC's own hosts and commentators, Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, have all posted or commented on air about this. All criticize the decision to not keep Buchanan on the air at MSNBC.
Not everyone, of course, agrees. In this regard, we'd add Radosh's piece a helpful compilation of Buchanan quotes at the website of the Anti-Defamation League.
Yet, with commentary on air at the Sunday programs and this morning almost universally negative about Rick Santorum's statements about President Obama's faith, the absence of Pat Buchanan (or some other full-throated conservative voice) from MSNBC and elsewhere is noticeable. It doesn't have to be a paleocon either. Perhaps Buchanan'll turn up, from time to time, at Fox - as he did on Hannity Friday night.
But, if so, that will only further illustrate the narrowcasting at the MSM and cable news networks.
With Nate Silver's piece in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, President Obama's strategy of class war combined with culture war as a way of building a "majority of minorities" is as clear as day. As George Weigel writes this morning, the Democratic left has even succeeded in splitting the Catholic Church and Catholic intellectuals.
Next up may be American Jewry. At PJM this morning, David P. Goldman seeks to rally observant American Jews against Mr. Obama on religious grounds. His point's in his headline: "After They Come for the Catholic Church, They Will Come for Us."
Politically, Thomas Hobbes' "war of all against all" seems to be exactly what this White House has in mind for the fall campaign.
We can't wait.