OH, THE AGONY OF BEING THE MELISSA RIVERS OF CONSERVATISM!

Getting quickly to the task of restoring Commentary's intellectual seriousness, newly enthroned editor-in-chief John Podhoretz calls Heather Hurlbert a "poseur" for writing this:

"I haven't posted lately because of a painful nerve problem in one arm. Even with Vicodin, ibuprofen, muscle relaxants and the occasional naughty glass of wine in my system, the Bush national security policy, progressive infighting, and the decline of our global standing hurt just as much, I'm sorry to say."

I wonder what Podhoretz would call a person who writes something like this about the dangerous life of a pundit:

“In its own way, this war of ideas is no less bloody than the one being fought by our troops in the Middle East.”

...I mean, other than "Dad." In fairness, though, Hurlbert is actually using hyperbole for an effect, whereas Norman Podhoretz has used it for a career.

--Matthew Duss

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