Martin Peretz is one of the owners of The New Republic. He is also the editor-in-chief of said magazine. Up until now, he has never, he informs us, read a single word of what gets posted over at Daily Kos. Well, since Kos personally attacked TNR a few days ago, Peretz has taken the time to read the 'flagship' of the people-powered netroots.
He is so unimpressed that he has published his response to Kos' personal attack with a brilliant, masterful smack down of positively biblical proportions.
And his rant against us, well, borders on a nut case's. When a high-minded or, rather, high-strung moralist is accused by The New York Times of journalistic hanky-panky and then by TNR of running an ideological censorship bureau, reminiscent of the old Catholic Legion of Decency, he will go off the rails. And he did. "This is what The New Republic had evolved into–just another cog of the Vast RIGHT Wing Conspiracy." An old professor of mine once warned me against writers who use capital letters for emphasis. Good advice she gave me. Capital letters suggest some imbalance in the mind of their employer. In whose interests has TNR sought "to destroy the new people-powered movement"? Kos answers his own question: "for the sake of its Lieberman-worshipping neo-con owners; that it stands with the National Review and wingnutosphere in their opposition to grassroots Democrats." Don't look at Kos's grammar. He's ranting.
This is a must read. Short, elegant, brutal and virtually guaranteed to have Kos' (and all the Koz Kiddiez) monitor screen deluged by vast amounts of spittle. There's gonna be a run on monitors at Best Buy!
Somebody really should have warned Kos not to bring a peashooter to a gun fight.
The other day I said this was like watching professional wrestling only with no ring girls. Now it's more like heavyweight boxing, although there are still no ring girls. (Somebody want to get on that, please?). Too bad for Kos that he is completely out of his class.
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UPDATE: See this post as well on the TNR/Koz cagematch.
UPDATE: I won't send money to the NYT to get behind it's Times Select wall, so I can't read Brooks column directly. But it sounds a hoot.