I came across the above piece over at the great site Stonekettle Station. I cosign Jim Wright's thoughts on this matter.
When I encounter information which does not compute
The National Review was once a bastion of "respectable conservatism." Whatever one thinks of Obama's policies and his neoliberal bent, it is clear that he has sent the Right into a death spiral where they are exhibiting signs of a disassociative disorder that manifests itself as political derangement.
In a pathetic effort to score political points by suggesting that President Obama does not understand the horrors of Nazism and the Holocaust, the National Review has (predictably) also dug up its tired Benghazi talking points.
The President apparently does not understand the "logic" of exterminating millions of people. This is some type of shortcoming according to the National Review's Eliana Johnson.
There is another very problematic (and quite subtle move) in Johnson's essay at The National Review. As someone who studies political communication and discourse, the following sentence signaled all sorts of ugliness to me:
"Nazism may have been an ideology to which the United States was — and to which the president is — implacably opposed, but it is hardly 'senseless.'"
Johnson's choice to emphasize that Obama is opposed to Nazism is very revealing.
Rather than assume that Barack Obama, the President of the United States, a black man, and product of post World War 2 America's civil rights consensus, would a priori, not buy into Nazism, she chose to emphasize that the President does in fact oppose that ideology.
To Johnson's audience the assumption is the opposite, i.e. Barack Obama supports racial fascism. This is no minor point given the Right's obsession with narratives of white oppression, and its desperate efforts to depict Barack Obama as a racial fascist and eugenicist in their opposition to universal healthcare, obsession with fictitious "death panels," and habit of depicting him as "Hitler" (or other legendary political villains).
What would William F. Buckley think about how low the National Review has sunk?
I had many disagreements with his politics; however, I never thought of Buckley as a lost soul, or a person detached from reality. If the elite opinion makers on the Right have become so out of touch with empirical reality, is there any hope for their rank and file plebians, or the Tea Party GOP in mass?