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September 4, 2004

For VDH, History Is Now

I've put my finger on at least one reason that Victor Davis Hanson's writing is so compelling. It's as if he's offering a well-written historical account... of the present. I've changed this paragraph to past-tense to illustrate:

"Seething"? The radical Left was courting disaster and threatened to destroy the credibility of liberals who were apparently fearful of condemning the madness in their midst — this "cry of the heart" to save Saddam Hussein from the wrath of an imperialistic and bullying United States. When upscale protestors swore at delegates and paraded obscene signs in New York while John Kerry went windsurfing in shades and racing gloves, you had a recipe for disaster for wannabe populists.

A sense permeates Hanson's writing that he already knows the outcome. In the bifurcated images of the liberal/Democrat segment of society, we get a perspective akin to historical juxtapositions of a king's soft, perhaps naive, life and the brutality of his foot soldiers, and the historian builds his narrative with a view toward where it's headed.

Posted by Justin Katz at September 4, 2004 11:00 AM
Liberalism vs. Conservatism
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"A sense permeates Hanson's writing that he already knows the outcome."

That's precisely right, and that's why reading him during the Iraq campaign last spring was so calming.

Hugh Hewitt gives me the same feeling (on a smaller scale) with regard to politics.

Posted by: Mike S. at September 4, 2004 9:55 PM

Look to Florida for an example of what happens to a people who support Dubya. Surely the recent two hurricanes are a sign from God, serving notice of his displeasure over the evil, wicked citizens of that state and their role in electing Dubya. Plagues of locusts, earthquakes, drought, floods and violent rains of serpents and frogs await red states voting Republican again in 2004.

Posted by: STEVE DUNCAN at September 7, 2004 9:22 AM

Steve,
Your theory might hold more "water" if all the states that went to Bush in 2000 had suffered from the same hurricanes. Since they haven't, you'll just have to find some other crackpot explanation.

Posted by: smmtheory at September 7, 2004 10:23 PM