By Francis Wilkinson
AUG 29, 2014 10:33 AM EDT
You would think Democrats -- Obama Democrats, in particular -- would be a bit more sensitive if not responsible.
After all, Democrats have endured decades of scurrilous charges about their love of country. The most toxic dregs of American politics -- Joseph McCarthy, Spiro Agnew, Newt Gingrich, multiple individuals with the surname "Cheney" -- have made a specialty of it. So why would the Democratic National Committee, operating under a president who has been the target of more deranged, ugly falsehoods than any in recent American history, resort to the scoundrel's familiar refuge in attacking Republican Senator Rand Paul?
Paul wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal yesterday in which the ostensible targets were Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. However, the headline gave away the game: "How U.S. Interventionists Abetted the Rise of ISIS."
The official response to Paul (when none was required) by DNC National Press Secretary Michael Czin managed to be both slimy and inane. Relying on repurposed jingoism, it essentially accused Paul of the crime of nattering nabobism.