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3/02/2005

I must re-assess Jon Stewart

James Taranto's "Best of the Web" column in today's opinionjournal.com has an amazing exchange between Daily Show Jon Stewart (who I have considered to be the spokesmodel for conventional leftism) and one-time Clinton administration hack Nancy Soderberg, who's pimping her book, The Superpower Myth: The Use and Misuse of American Might.

I used to consider Stewart's interviewing skills to be on par with Larry King, on an especially sycophantic day. No more. He squeezes out some amazing admissions from the former Clinton aide:

Quickly into the interview, after Stewart asks her about the pro-democracy, anti-Syrian thug-ocracy ongoing in the streets of Lebanon, she dismisses the Cedar Revolution with: "Well, I think, you know, as a Democrat, you don't want anything nice to happen to the Republicans, and you don't want them to have progress." Nice. The world must go to hell -- in a handbasket, of course -- simply because her party is hellbent on losing elections.

A little later, when Stewart mentions that his expectation that, given events in the Middle East, George W. could be Rushmore-bound, Soderberg responds: "Well, there's still Iran and North Korea, don't forget. There's hope for the rest of us." There's "hope" for the rest of us. It gets worse, if you can believe, as she digs deeper:

Stewart: [crossing fingers] Iran and North Korea, that's true, that is true [audience laughter]. No, it's--it is--I absolutely agree with you, this is--this is the most difficult thing for me to--because, I think, I don't care for the tactics, I don't care for this, the weird arrogance, the setting up. But I gotta say, I haven't seen results like this ever in that region.
Soderberg: Well wait. It hasn't actually gotten very far. I mean, we've had--
Stewart: Oh, I'm shallow! I'm very shallow!
Soderberg: There's always hope that this might not work.

She rooting for failure. At what point can we question her patriotism? And this comes out in an interview with Kerry suck-up Jon Stewart.

(Thanks to Mystery Novelist and traditional liberal Roger L. Simon for pointing me in the right direction.)
Comments:
When trying to understand Soderberg's outrageous comments, we need to consider the source:

She was on the staff of Senator Kennedy before joining the Clinton Gore Administration. As number 3 on the staff of the National Security Council, she was at Clinton’s right hand during much of the malfeasance we witnessed during that time.

When she remarks about something going wrong in North Korea, she ought to know. Sec. Albright and Soderberg were among the cabal of America apologists that thought they could buy good will from Kim Jong Il… Didn’t work DID IT!

Now, Bush is cleaning up the mess these people made and all they can do is hope he does not succeed…

Very sad… Politics used to stop at the water’s edge… But power and personal bitterness seems to be more important to these folks than their own nation’s success in making the world a freer, more peaceful place.

If Kerry had been elected, she would no doubt be back in office. God forbid!

FOUR MORE YEARS!!!
 
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