The Angry Left

I don’t have the credentials necessary to go to the actual convention, but according to folks I’ve talked to it’s been low energy in the Xcel Energy Center and a not-exactly-packed house. Indeed, President George W. Bush didn’t even bother to show up in person to deliver the following bizarre smear about how “If the Hanoi Hilton could not break John McCain’s resolve to do what is best for his country, you can be sure the angry Left never will.”

The analogy between American liberals and Vietnamese Communists is extremely offensive. As is the analogy between criticizing McCain’s policy ideas and subjecting him to physical torture and imprisonment. As is the imputation of bad faith — that right and left can’t just disagree about what’s best for the country, but rather in Bush’s view the left is self-consciously pushing a bad-for-America agenda. And last, of course, it’s not the “angry left” that’s brought institutionalized torture and indefinite detention to the United States of America. Joe Klein says “the most striking thing about the evening was what was missing: even the slightest wisp of substance.”