The Hobgoblin in the Room

I liked one question Gwen Ifill asked Cheney and Edwards, and was disappointed neither answered it: “What’s wrong with a little flip-flopping?” I keep hoping someone will quote Emerson: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.” A foolish consistency, which is the word missed by many people who quote the line. Of all the faults, misdeeds, and crimes against humanity that can be laid at George Bush’s door, for which a special roasting pit in hell is doubtless being prepared for him, what would be easier to convict him of than a foolish consistency?

Then, I guess the very fact that I would quote America’s greatest 19th-century thinker marks me as some kind of effete East-Coast elitist commie pinko Francophile child-molesting liberal. If every small mind in America votes for the guy who’s been foolishly consistent, we’re doomed.

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