- The Washington Times - Monday, November 21, 2005

Party of paranoia’

Autographing copies of her new book, “Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild,” on Friday afternoon at the Heritage Foundation, Michelle Malkin had it pointed out to her that she was doing so with her left hand.

“That’s the only thing leftie about me,” the nationally syndicated columnist said with a laugh.

Mrs. Malkin, addressing the monthly gathering of the Conservative Women’s Network before the book signing, described the new tome as exposing “the deep, dark cesspools of the American left,” reports Peter J. Parisi of The Washington Times.

Her accompanying Powerpoint presentation, mostly photos of what she called leftist “crackpottery” and “peacenik paranoia” at anti-war rallies, drew occasional gasps.

Mrs. Malkin — whose column appears in nearly 200 newspapers, including The Times — showed protesters carrying signs bearing such slogans as “9/11 was an inside job,” “George W. Bush is the anti-Christ” and “We support the troops when they shoot their officers.”

She says that left-wing extremism has “permeated” a Democratic Party that she called “the party of paranoia,” one that either won’t criticize such extremism or only offer “weasel-worded apologies.”

She cited Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin‘s likening some U.S. troops’ misbehavior at Abu Ghraib to the Nazis, the Soviet gulag and Pol Pot’s Cambodian killing fields and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s assertion that the Iraq war was “a fraud” cooked up to benefit President Bush politically.

She also says she’s “sick and tired” of the right being called intolerant when “it’s the left who’s mean and vicious,” noting that liberal speakers on campus are seldom if ever heckled, shouted down or assaulted as conservatives are.

Mrs. Malkin speaks at 7 tonight at Georgetown University’s ICC Auditorium.

A new standard

Would Senators Sam Nunn, Pat Moynihan, Bob Kerrey, Chuck Robb, David Boren or Henry M. Jackson have conducted their opposition to President Bush’s war policies in Iraq as have Senators Harry Reid, Richard Durbin, Ted Kennedy and Barbara Boxer? The former group stood for the idea of a loyal opposition; the latter stand simply in opposition,” the Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger writes.

“In the past week, President Bush, his vice president and defense secretary have begun to ‘push back’ against the current incarnation of Democratic opposition. And so the political air drips with such edifying words as ‘lied,’ ‘dishonest’ and Sen. Reid’s conclusive ‘a vote of no confidence.’

“Yes, politics ain’t beanbag. But there is a larger danger in the Democratic strategy of attempting to make George Bush into the Wizard of Oz, a man whose every statement about threats to American security is fantasy and falsity. Pounding through the media that the prewar intelligence was a conscious lie may incline the American people to believe the whole Iraq enterprise is false, and worse, that the very notion of weapons of mass destruction is also doubtful. The psychology of the big lie can sometimes run out of control,” Mr. Henninger said.

He added: “How did it come to pass that an opposition’s measure of a president’s foreign policy was all or nothing, success or ‘failure’? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment — Nov. 7, 2000 — that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency.

“The winning of the Cold War was bipartisan. The winning of the war on terror is open to question, every hour.”

Squelching a report

“There has been a major setback for people working to secure the full public release of the report by Clinton-era independent counsel David Barrett,” Byron York writes at National Review Online (www.nationalreview.com).

“A House and Senate conference committee has agreed on language that could keep key portions of the report secret forever, despite the efforts of Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Wisconsin Republican Rep. James Sensenbrenner, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, to make it public. Democrats, led by North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan, led the fight to keep the report away from public scrutiny,” Mr. York said.

“The conference report gives the judiciary panel that oversees Barrett the authority to ‘make such orders as are appropriate to protect the rights of any individual named’ in Barrett’s report. What that means, in practical terms, is that Section 5 of Barrett’s report, the portion of the document that is thought to be most controversial, dealing with the behavior of the Internal Revenue Service during the independent counsel’s investigation, might never be released.

“Barrett was appointed in May 1995 to investigate allegations that Henry Cisneros, Bill Clinton’s secretary of housing, lied to the FBI about payments he had made to his mistress. In September 1999, Cisneros pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and paid a $10,000 fine. But the investigation did not stop there, because during the course of the probe, Barrett reportedly sought information about Cisneros’ taxes and ran into a roadblock erected by the IRS. There have been reports that Barrett then spent a significant amount of time trying to investigate possible IRS misconduct, and what happened in the course of that investigation is apparently the subject of some of Barrett’s final report.”

Old news

“Though more than a year ago Democratic Congressman John Murtha denounced the Iraq war, asserting that ‘we cannot prevail in this war at the policy that’s going today,’ on Thursday night ABC, CBS and NBC all led by championing Murtha’s call for the immediate withdrawal of troops and showcased his ridicule of Vice President Cheney’s lack of military service,” the Media Research Center’s Brent Baker writes at www.mrc.org.

“With the text on-screen, CBS’s Bob Schieffer highlighted how Murtha ‘noted the vice president had never served in the military and said, and I quote, “I like guys who got five deferments and had never been there, then send people to war and don’t like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done.”’

“NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams led by touting: ‘When one congressman out of 435 members of Congress speaks out against the war in Iraq, it normally wouldn’t be news, but it was today, because of who he is. Congressman John Murtha, a Vietnam veteran. … Today, John Murtha said the U.S. must get out of Iraq. It’s a debate that has followed President Bush halfway around the world.’

“ABC anchor Bob Woodruff distorted President Bush’s comments in Asia as he insisted Bush ‘took every chance he could to say that people who question his rationale for going to war in Iraq are not only wrong, but irresponsible and unpatriotic.’ In fact, Bush and Cheney are upset about being charged with ‘lying’ to get the nation into a war, not at general criticism. ABC gave Cheney barely 30 seconds, but devoted more than 90 seconds to a ‘1st Person’ excerpt from Murtha.”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@washingtontimes.com.

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