The Specter of Socialism is Haunting Jonah Goldberg


I’m egomaniacal enough to keep tabs on what’s being said about me on the internet, so I’ve seen a ton of conservative blogs quote this section of a Jonah Goldberg article in Commentary purporting to vindicate the right’s “socialist” hits on Barack Obama:

The left-wing activist-blogger Matthew Yglesias, echoing the Obama White House view that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste, said the Wall Street meltdown offered a “real opportunity” for “massive socialism.”

If you read the post in question, which was written in September of 2008, you’ll see two things. One is that the phrase “massive socialism” was used ironically. The other is that in the intervening 18 months, Barack Obama quite clearly has chosen not to attempt to seize the opportunity I was outlining. When faced with this kind of thing, one is initially tempted to ascribe to the dishonesty of one’s opponents but it’s pretty clear if you follow the Goldberg ouvre over the years that he really is this dumb.