You may remember Glenn Harlan Reynolds from such episodes of inept concern trolling as “liberals should hope that the Court rules the New Deal unconstitutional, because otherwise Congress might pass legislation it already passed in 2003 out of spite.” Improbable as it may seen, I believe he has topped himself. He starts off in the conventional manner, with some Friedersdorf-like attacks on Obama from the left on foreign policy. Which should tell you how seriously to take Friedersdorf’s conclusions, although at least Friedersdorf isn’t advancing the particular arguments in such transparent bad faith as Mr. “More Rubble Less Trouble.” But this is Reynolds — his concern trolling goes to 11:
I talked about this with Camille Paglia, a big Obama supporter in 2008. Now, she says, she’s voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
Wow! I’m sure she will have further fascinating insights for us. She is, after all, a Registered Democrat (TM!) And the kind of hardcore progressive and supporter of Obama who loves her some Sarah Palin. I can’t wait for her fresh arguments, which must offer a coherent reason for voting for Jill Stein:
Though she supports some kind of health-care reform, Paglia calls the ObamaCare bill “a Stalinist intrusion into American culture.”
“I support some sort of health-care reform, like tort reform. Or tort reform. But allow people to obtain health insurance? Why not just send them to Kazakhstan to starve.”
And it gets worse: “I was very excited about him. I thought he was a moderate. I thought that his election would promote racial healing in the country; it would be a tremendous transformation of attitudes. And instead . . . now I consider him one of the most racially divisive and polarizing figures ever. I think it will take years to undo the damage he has done.”
“I’m afraid that by being black, Barack Obama has exacerbated racial tensions in this country. If only we had a had a man like Strom Thurmond again, we would never have had any of these problems.”
I could go on, proceeding to Paglia’s argument about how the lesson of Bringing It All Back Home is that the EPA and the civil rights division of the DOJ should be disbanded, but…really, after that it’s all anticlimax.
Meanwhile, despite the flameout of Miguel Cabrera’s Tigers in the World Series, we do at least have a hack triple crown winner in late October, because fellow Yoostabee Ann Althouse finds Paglia’s ideas fascinating and would like to subscribe to her newsletter.