To Mark Hemingway it was a “bit syrupy, but a nice gesture nonetheless.”
According to Ramesh Ponnuru, it “was really sweet” (I can’t tell. Was he being sarcastic?).
“It” is From 52 to 48 With Love, a paean to—what, exactly?
- Unity? That we all need to come together now? Now that our guy won? After we’ve spent eight years trying to destroy your guy, tearing the country apart while we do it?
- Charity? Not theirs, of course. Because, you know, like, if they had any charity, wouldn’t it have been on display at some point during the Bush Years? A little? Once or twice? Hello, hypocrisy?
- Patronizing Arrogance? Bingo!
- Kool-Aid? Sorry, never touch the stuff. You’ll have to find some other way to calm me down. To lull me into a stupor while you pillage the country and turn the constitution into your own left-wing papier-mâché construction project.
Frankly, this is one kid who promises to stay awake during the operation.
But back to Mark. A little while after his first post—apparently, after receiving bags of apoplectic emails—he expanded his thoughts, providing what is probably a more adult response than I’m able to muster at this point (I would have emailed him myself, but my hands were shaking too much from anger and too many Dr. Pepper 2 Liters):
Judging by the torrent of email, my post below seems to have struck a nerve. By linking to such a shiny happy display, I wasn’t suggesting anyone immediately make peace with an Obama administration. Especially since most liberal attempts at reconciliation during the Bush years amounted to “Oh, hey — would you mind picking up the soap?” As one reader put it, “I’m more inclined to dress my wounds, restring my bow, and plan my counterattack than I am to hold hands and sing Kumbaya.”
Fair enough. But I do think that after eight years of “He’s not my President” bumper stickers and trying to put Karl Rove under citizens’ arrest for his role in unconstitutional mattress tag removal, it’s probably necessary that we be the adults here. And that includes acknowledging when overtures are made to make things less rancorous.
Obviously, that doesn’t mean you surrender your principles. The moment Obama takes office and he tries to do anything such as implement his welfare-as-tax-cuts scheme, destroy the private health insurance market, pass card check legislation, confiscate your 401k etc., I fully expect to unleash hell.
None of these things have happened yet, however. And there’s no reason to adopt the left’s Alinsky tactics. We can be better than that.
I think that’s wisdom, Mark. And when I reach adulthood, I’ll be right there with you.
But I’m not drinking the Kool-Aid, thank you anyway.