Saturday, August 15, 2020

The Sad End of Sykes-ism

Charlie Sykes gets a mention by the Other McCain.

...A lot of my conservative friends enjoy sneering at “neocons” (and certainly Commentary can claim to be neoconservativism’s original voice), because of the advocacy of open borders and endless overseas aggression that have in the past been so closely allied with that faction. However, the Trump era has had a clarifying effects that cuts both ways. “Progressives” have dropped their mask, and come out as the destructive radicals they really are, while the fainthearts and phonies in the ranks of conservatism — Rick Wilson, Max Boot, Charlie Sykes, Bill Kristol, et al. — are now openly on the side of the radicals. So very convenient for the friends of America’s enemies to identify themselves....

That graf is near the end of a column beginning thus:

Let’s face it — Abe Greenwald knows how to start an essay. His opening sentence is a blunt declaration of a startling thesis which, nonetheless, Greenwald is able to sustain by evidence:

The police are indeed being defunded. The statues are coming down. The heretics are being outed. The dissenters are being silenced. The buildings are burning, and the demands are ever growing. . . .

McCain goes on to cite the professional genealogy of Greenwald, the exec-editor of Commentary. 

...Greenwald is executive editor of Commentary, the leading publication of Jewish conservatism. He is the right-hand man to Jon Podhoretz, whose father was a protégé of Lionel Trilling, who persuaded Norman Podhoretz to take over Commentary after the death of founding editor Elliot Cohen. Given this pedigree — dating back to an era when the magazine sought to save America from Soviet-backed “progressivism” in the person of Henry Wallace — certainly Greenwald must be cognizant of Commentary‘s intellectual seriousness. We must understand that Jon Podhoretz would not permit Greenwald to publish anything that would jeopardize Commentary’s reputation, and if Podhoretz signed off on this column declaring that we are in “the battle for the survival of the United States of America” . . . Well, we are at the last ditch, my friends....

Against that, Sykes screeches whatever babble?  

One wonders what the Hell went wrong with his think-box. 

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