Saturday, June 2, 2012

Jonah Eats The Whale

Rob Long reviews Jonah Goldberg's "The Tyranny of Cliches." Writes Long:

Decades ago, during the 2012 Republican presidential primaries — it was decades ago, right? or does it just seem that way? — Newt Gingrich made his bones with a simple strategy.
He dissented from the premise of the question.
Some smug television news personality would ooze out a question — cradled, inevitably, in left-wing assumptions — and Newt would blast away at the foundation of the question itself, the superficiality of the process, and often the right of the questioner to be there in the first place.
It was “dials up,” as campaign strategists say, referring to the focus group reactions. People eat that stuff up — I know I did — and a lot of us were halfway to the post office with our checks made out to “Gingrich 2012” before we slowed down and asked ourselves, “Dude, c’mon. Newt?”
And it gets even better. If Goldberg's book is as clever as this review in exploding liberal shibboleths, it will be a best seller. Cheers!

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