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Annals of unconvincing insults: Goldberg vs. Yglesias

Here's National Review's Jonah Goldberg firing off another salvo in his vaguely amusing years-long war with Center for American Progress Action Fund blogger Matthew Yglesias today:

I am heartened to learn that I continue to "get his goat." I will confess that Matt doesn't get mine much at all. Indeed, I'll often go months without even thinking about the guy or hearing his name.

And here's Goldberg in the current (May) issue of Commentary.

The left-wing activist-blogger Matthew Yglesias, echoing the Obama White House view that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste, said the Wall Street meltdown offered a “real opportunity” for “massive socialism.”

I like both of these guys, but come on already. Yglesias's "massive socialism" post said only what conservatives and liberals alike already knew back then -- that a collapse of faith in Wall Street and the GOP created an "enormous progressive opportunity."

But the opportunity Yglesias saw was not really taken advantage of. He speculated about a government that "directly controls major financial institutions," and we got a government of neo-liberals who basically continued TARP, an idea so steeped in the Marxist philosophy of Bill Ayers and Frank Marshall Davis that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voted for it. So obviously Goldberg thinks about Yglesias's arguments, and obviously if this is the sort of proof that girds a long argument about the president's socialism, better proof is needed.

By David Weigel  |  May 6, 2010; 2:59 PM ET
Categories:  Conservatives  
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