Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Robert Reich's other big whopper: Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich was making the rounds of the various talk shows last night commenting on former Bush Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill's recent revelations.
(For the record: On O'Neill, I'm skeptical of much of what he apparently claims in the book by Ron Suskind. For a roundup on various inconsistencies between some of O'Neill's more shocking claims and "reality" check out this Instapundit post.)
Professor Bainbridge has a post on a "whopper" Reich made on Chris Matthews' "Hardball" on MSNBC last night.
Well, that wasn't the only whopper Reich made in his cable TV tour last night. On Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," Reich was on to talk about Billionaire lefty George Soros when the following exchange occurred:
Reich: You say, Bill O'Reilly, that this man, George Soros, is out of the pale.
O'Reilly: That's right.
Reich: But I don't think so. And if you measure what the right wing is doing relative to him...
Apparently Reich doesn't think comparing America today to, say, Hungary under Nazi rule during WWII is perfectly mainstream liberal political thought.
From the Nov. 10, 2003, Washington Post:
Soros believes that a "supremacist ideology" guides this White House. He hears echoes in its rhetoric of his childhood in occupied Hungary. "When I hear Bush say, 'You're either with us or against us,' it reminds me of the Germans." It conjures up memories, he said, of Nazi slogans on the walls, Der Feind Hort mit ("The enemy is listening"). "My experiences under Nazi and Soviet rule have sensitized me," he said in a soft Hungarian accent.
This is perfectly valid liberal political thought according to Robert Reich. Maybe the former labor secretary would also find it acceptable to refer to him, someone who claims that Bush=Hitler is OK, as Robert "Third" Reich.