Talk­ing to ‘chil­dren’

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“The Year­lyKos pres­i­den­tial fo­rum here in Chicago did such a won­der­ful job of spot­light­ing the ex­treme el­e­ments of the Demo­cratic Party that con­ser­va­tives should hope that they make it a monthly, even weekly, event,” Chicago Tri­bune colum­nist Den­nis Byrne writes at www.RealClearPol­i­tics.com.

“Con­sider: It re­ally takes some­thing to make Hil­lary Clin­ton look good, but the left­wing blog­gers who par­take of the poi­sonous rhetoric that flows on the Daily Kos web site pulled it off. Of course, mak­ing Clin­ton look good isn’t say­ing much when you’re shar­ing the de­bat­ing stage with the other Demo­cratic can­di­dates, there to kow­tow to their base,” Mr. Byrne said.

“When Clin­ton spoke the truth at the fo­rum about lob­by­ing prac­tices in Wash­ing­ton, the crowd roundly booed her. Asked about tak­ing cam­paign money from lob­by­ists, she pointed out that lob­by­ists ‘rep­re­sent real Amer­i­cans. They ac­tu­ally do. They rep­re­sent nurses, they rep­re­sent, you know, so­cial work­ers. They rep­re­sent — yes they rep­re­sent cor­po­ra­tions that em­ploy a lot of peo­ple.’

“See, right there she stepped in it, not just on the lob­by­ing thing, but ac­knowl­edg­ing what the left­ies don’t want to hear: Cor­po­ra­tions, for all their faults, do some­thing good; they give peo­ple jobs.

“Amid the boos, she might have added — if she could have been heard — that peo­ple make their liv­ings rep­re­sent­ing them too. There are abor­tion in­dus­try lob­by­ists, twist­ing arms for ‘a wo­man’s right to choose.’ Other lob­by­ists are prowl­ing the halls of Congress on be­half 12 mil­lion il­le­gal aliens yearn­ing (we’re told) for cit­i­zen­ship, uni­ver­sal health care, global (un)warm­ing, fam­ily farm­ers, teach­ers — I could go on for­ever list­ing lob­by­ists who are ex­cused or ig­nored by the left be­cause they are do­ing it for ‘good causes.’ [. . . ]

“Clin­ton dis­cov­ered what con­ser­va­tives long have known: Talk­ing to left­ies is like try­ing to talk to chil­dren. Ra­tio­nal ar­gu­ment and facts don’t im­press.”

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