The Right Coast

February 06, 2006
John Birch Watch
By Maimon Schwarzschild

Senator Leahy on "Face the Nation" yesterday: "[T]he Bush administration knew the names of the hijackers before 9/11, they did nothing on it". (Page 6, bottom, in the transcript linked above.)

The paranoid style, so reminiscent of the John Birch Society in the 1950s, is now so normal among Democrats -- does Leahy share it? or was he merely pandering to it? -- that CBS's Bob Schieffer did not even bother to follow up by asking Leahy "Um, what do you mean by that?"

If you are a politician like Leahy, of course, you might begin by pandering, but you soon begin to share the paranoia -- if only to spare yourself the cognitive dissonance of saying one thing so much of the time yet believing another...