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mathpol Donating Member (86 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:45 AM
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Tom Friedman Should Hang Out (Up?) in His Closet for A Few Days
Radical in the White House is the title of an over-the-top column by Thomas Friedman in todays New York Times. Early-on he states:

Indeed, dare I say, I hope Obama really has been palling around all these years with that old Chicago radical Bill Ayers. I hope Obama really is a closet radical.

Not radical left or right, just a radical, because this is a radical moment.

Friedman is confusing radical, the adjective, with radical, the noun. Here is the comment I posted.

You hope that Obama has been palling around with Bill Ayers? All radicals are not alike. Your gee-whiz attitude has become cheese-whiz. In any case, what you want President Obama to try to accomplish is fully within the law, not outside the law, as Ayers once operated. Overturning the status-quo is a far cry from overthrowing the government. The term Radical President is better applied to the new ex-President, George W. Bush.

Your hope that Obama is a closet radical demeans him. He has been very forthright about what he wants to accomplish. I think you should go to your own closet and hang out (up?) for a few days until you simmer down.
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endarkenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:50 AM
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1. Actually as Friedman is in the midst of renouncing his neoliberal
orthodoxy along with his neocon idiocy I think we should both humor him and encourage him.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:58 AM
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2. More intellectual pablum from Tom. nt
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:32 AM
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3. Great just perfect
This is the reason DU is so great. You added a true pearl.

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mathpol Donating Member (86 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:55 PM
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4. Your Compliment
Thank you.
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