The Courage To Say the Obvious

These days, it takes more courage than usual for conservatives to say the obvious. So Kudos to Christopher Buckley (son of William F.). Somehow, I think the 12,000 emails will still manage to find him:

My colleague, the superb and very dishy Kathleen Parker, recently wrote in National Review Online a column stating what John Cleese as Basil Fawlty would call the bleeding obvious: namely, that Sarah Palin is an embarrassment, and a dangerous one at that. Shes not exactly alone. New York Times columnist David Brooks, who began his career at NR, just called Governor Palin a cancer on the Republican Party.As for Kathleen, she has to date received 12,000 (quite literally) foam-at-the-mouth hate-emails. One correspondent, if thats quite the right word, suggested that Kathleens mother should have aborted her and tossed the fetus into a Dumpster. Theres Socratic dialogue for you. Dear Pup once said to me sighfully after a right-winger who fancied himself a WFB protg had said something transcendently and provocatively cretinous, You know, Ive spent my entire life time separating the Right from the kooks. Well, the dear man did his best. At any rate, I dont have the kidney at the moment for 12,000 emails saying how good it is hes no longer alive to see his Judas of a son endorse for the presidency a covert Muslim who pals around with the Weather Underground. So, youre reading it here first.

Eduardo M. Peñalver is the Allan R. Tessler Dean of the Cornell Law School. The views expressed in the piece are his own, and should not be attributed to Cornell University or Cornell Law School.

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