Thursday, October 06, 2005

Through the looking glass

As with George Bush's speech today, it seems that conservatives have developed a habit of providing descriptions of others that can in fact be read of criticisms of themselves. Hence, Peggy Noonan today happens to be talking about Supreme Court Justices, but can she really write this passage and not be thinking of someone else? --

it seems somehow hardwired in human nature that when people are lucky they come to think they deserve it: It's not luck, it's virtue. And since it's virtue my decisions are by their nature virtuous.

By the way, as for that George Bush speech -- he's been leaving the taunting about Ronald Reagan's cut-and-run from Beirut to Dick Cheney lately, but he took it up a notch today, in the Ronald Reagan building:

Their tactic to meet this goal has been consistent for a quarter-century: They hit us, and expect us to run. They want us to repeat the sad history of Beirut in 1983, and Mogadishu in 1993 -- only this time on a larger scale, with greater consequences.

Was Peggy's line about the lucky thinking that they are virtuous a pre-emptive strike against an imminent attack on her beloved Ronnie?

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