Are These Really the Left’s Experts?


"You have got a sanctimony factor here that is extraordinary."

Gaffney: "You have got a sanctimony factor here that is extraordinary."

I managed to watch two MSNBC programs last night attempting to defend Barack Obama from Dick Cheney’s incisive criticism over “dithering” in Afghanistan before my blood pressure hit 300. On the Right, they featured former Congressman Tom Tancredo and foreign policy expert Frank Gaffney, respectfully. Their opponents on the Left were:

The Ed Show: Joan Walsh of Salon.

Hardball with Chris Matthews: Ron Reagan.

Really? Ron Reagan’s expertise is in ballet, ungrateful nepotism, and smug sanctimony.

Gaffney, the clearest mind in foreign policy for 30 years, was ever-unflappable and took Reagan down, hard. Pairing Gaffney with Ron Jr. was sad to watch for a number of reasons (although his pairing with that other Reagan was extraordinary)….

It was rather like seeing Larry Holmes being forced to go through the motions with Scott LeDoux for seven rounds, dutifully putting up his guard against someone who had no business being in the ring with him.

The most underrated, disrespected heavyweight champion of the last 50 years.

The most underrated, disrespected heavyweight champion of the last 50 years.

The Gaffney-Reagan mismatch says a lot about the Left: Ron-Ron is a privileged whiner with no expertise on this or any other subject, who has risen to prominence by repeating leftist cant and — did I mention, by being Ronald Reagan’s son? (This formula would also explain the many MSNBC appearances of Frank Schaeffer.)

These criteria apparently qualify him above, say, Madeleine Albright or Peter Beinart. For many of Matthews’ viewers (of which there are not many), Reagan won the debate, because he uttered the mystical incantation of “No WMDs-Dick Cheney-unindicted war criminal,” a chant that blinds and enraptures them. As I noted earlier today when talking about Rep. Alan Grayson, Ron’s words are not an argument; they are a mating call only other leftists can hear.