Charles Krauthammer Suffers From Stockholm Syndrome…
…David Stockholm Syndrome, that is.
As my colleague, Dr. Clyde ‘Fingers’ Proctor, has written:
This is a serious condition that involves being held a mental hostage by the Establishment Elites in a given geographical area and slowly finding oneself thinking more and more like the cerebral kidnappers until there is absolutely no difference between the two. Hostages are invited to all the right parties, soriees, and conferences where they are praised constantly for their ‘insight’ and told they are ‘well-respected’ by unnamed high officials in the Administration and the Congressional Leadership, both in the majority and minority parties. In some cases, the Establishment Elites task certain of their kind from the ‘opposite’ side of the political spectrum of the hostage with seducing the hostage, bedding he or she, and telling the hostage repeatedly that they are ‘like Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie in bed’ and even better in their analysis and thinking. One of the results of suffering from such a condition is that the hostage will automatically start to believe with all their heart that their sh-t don’t stink.
—From Sucked Into The Vortex Of The Black Hole: The David Stockholm (neé Stockman) Syndrome [Charles Dutton Prison Books, 2004] by Doctor Clyde Keister Proctor, OB-SCAT.
I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Krauthammer. He is often one of the more insightful commentators on domestic political and foreign affairs situations. But the legitimacy of his insights are undermined by his being a willing captive of the Elitist Thinking inside the beltway of Washington D.C.. Ninety percent of what he writes and speaks is spot-on and then he has to go ruin it all with ten percent of Establishment blather.
This latest exercise in my criticizing Mr. Krauthammer comes on the heels of his remarks on the latest edition of the PBS program Inside Washington [a show you may have heard of and watched once and realized life is too short to waste time on] regarding Sarah Palin, a person he disdains for what he perceives as her lack of sophistication and intelligence.
Noel Sheppard of Newsbusters has the video and transcript of the segment here.
While it appears at first glance, and if you only read the transcript, that Mr. Krauthammer is not saying anything against Mrs. Palin, if you watch the video, you end up thinking as Stacy McCain does. After listing those aspects of Palin Derangement/Obsession Syndrome that are not the fault of Mr. K., he remarks:
However, it is Krauthammer’s fault that he can’t speak of Palin except to dismiss her with a sneer. (Am I the only one who noticed his significant pause between “glorious” and “woman”?)
Indeed. He is, of course, not alone in his sneering, but as, perhaps, the most well-respected conservative by all groups on the Right, his attitude does damage, as Stacy explains in commenting on her critics on the Right in general:
Here’s my problem with such dismissive attitudes toward Palin from conservatives: It sets up the 2012 primary contest as a battle between Smart Republicans (who are presumed to oppose Palin) and Dumb Republicans (who presumably support Palin). This message — which is being shouted from the rooftops by Krauthammer, Rove and many others — will tend to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Which is to say, most of the Smart Republicans who take their political cues from the conservative intelligentsia will in fact oppose Palin. But the influence of Rove, Krauthammer et al. is not so great as they wish and, in a multi-candidate field, the irreducible hard core of Palin supporters among GOP primary voters is still large enough to win pluralities in every state where the primary electorate is limited to registered Republicans. (Seriously: Comparing the average Romney supporter to the average Palin supporter, which is more likely to trudge through the snow to attend an Iowa caucus meeting?)
There is therefore a very real possibility of Palin winning the 2012 presidential nomination, at which point all the sneering condescension of the Krauthammer/Rove class will justify the MSM in declaring, “The Dumb Republicans have won!”
And that’s not going to help beat Barack Obama, is it?
Most certainly not — it happened in 1980 and made it all the tougher for Ronald Reagan to win.
The Stupid Party lives to fight itself another day!
Here before us is another reason we, the outsiders, the TEA Party folks in action and spirit, must show no quarter towards the GOP Establishment. Besides living in a collegial and congenial past that no longer is [call it what you will, the Gerald Ford or Bob Michael Era], the GOP and conservative Elites have a track record that is strewn with utter and abysmal failures. In fact, historians not yet born will label them as the Useful Idiots of the Left who, by their weaknesses and naiveté, help bring about the lamentable situation we now find ourselves in.
I’ve put forth the proposition that the best way to defeat Obama is to put forward a conservative but non-controversial candidate who will keep the election focused on Obama. Because the Obama record and devolving persona are the equivalent of a death panel for Obama’s reelection.
And nothing matters more than defeating Obama because the damage he is doing to the country is generational.
But as I reflect back on the past two plus years since Palin’s nomination, I’m wondering if an all-out, knock-down, drag-out fight with the Palin haters is just what this country needs most, not least. And whether that is just as likely to be successful in defeating Obama as the “safe” route.
Please do take the time to click on the link and read the rest of it.
‘Go ahead, I dare ya — keep underestimating me.’