Leo on Liberals
Here's John Leo's latest column for Town Hall. It's the same litany of anti-liberal slurs and steroetypes that Town Hall publishes at least five times a day. But there is one statement that really stands out. In his attempt to show how superior liberals fancy themselves to be, Leo writes:
*Bush got re-elected because Americans are stupid. Many Democrats now refer to themselves as “reality-based,” meaning that they are neither “faith-based” or “unreality-based” like those irrational Republicans.
This was part of a series of bullet points intended to show how liberals view the world and how foolish they are for thinking the way they do.
It's hard to believe that Leo is not aware of the origin of the term “reality-based.” He wants us to believe that this is a term conjured up by arrogant liberals to distinguish themselves from the ignorant masses. Actually, the term was first used by an anonymous Bush advisor as a negative description of the opposition to Bush's policies, as described in this article by Ron Suskind.
The aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. “That's not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”
After this, many liberal bloggers coopted the term as a badge of honor.
So if Leo thinks it is a sign of arrogance and “crazy thinking” (that's the title of his column) to use the term “reality-based,” then he should direct his ire at the Bushies.
Of course, it's especially rich for someone like Leo to lecture the rest of us about the perils of thinking ourselves superior. After all, there are no people on Earth more smug and superior than the right-wing punditocracy.
As James Carville once said in a different context, most of Town Hall's readers use the site the way a drunk uses a lamppost, for support not illumination. People aren't looking to Leo for sound argumentation and cogent thinking. That's a good thing, since he is incapable of providing it. What Leo, and most right-wing columnists, do is parrot simplistic talking-points to ignorant people who fancy themselves very learned. If saying that makes me an arrogant liberal then so be it. It's just that I have a fondness for reality myself.