Rightbloggers Not Really Enjoying the Inauguration
The raging RedStaters started their celebrating early. "We're gaining something that would make George Washington feel very uncomfortable: a constitutional monarch," said Francis Cianfrocca. "The very idea of freedom is now under suspicion. For at least a generation, it will be assumed that freedom, especially in the economic sphere, produces adverse results and must be tempered with aggressive regulation." Thank commie George Bush for that, Frank.
The pre-inaugural musical performance set National Review's Jay Nordlinger to wondering. "How were they chosen? How were they brought together? A curious thing. Was ethno-racial variety a consideration? Perish the thought -- perish the thought fast." Translation: the great national miscegenation has begun.
(Update: Nordlinger notes our "filth," and disputes our characterization, but does not trouble to explain what he did mean by his peculiar statement, which we took as an example of his usual position that the rest of us are given to solicitous "rooting" for members of minority groups.)
"The question isn't whether he'll say" the oath of office, said TCS Daily's Jerry Bowyer, "the question is whether he'll mean it."
Some retreated to nostalgia ("Bush's Real Sin Was Winning In Iraq"). "Ianuguration Hype Falls Flat," flashed Say Anything. "Organizers For Balls Slashing Ticket Prices To Pump Up Attendance." This may be true -- look at the paltry crowds that showed up for the speech.
Those who stuck around to listen didn't like it. "Sorry, but I just can't see the far left setting aside childish things," said Protein Wisdom, and heard jackboots marching: "We're going to meet our challenges with new instruments, such as semi-NGOs devoted to The One. Our communities are going to be organized, and we must smile about it." "I have some initial thoughts about why it was so incoherent and full of self-contradiction over at Openmarket," offered National Review's Iain Murray. His colleague Ramesh Ponnuru found it "at times petty in its many shots at Bush" (presumably the stuff about observing civil liberties in wartime, though maybe Obama yelled "Good riddance" and we missed it). Mark Krikorian was pleased that Obama mentioned Khe Sahn; Jonathan Foreman was enraged that he didn't mention battles from Iraq and Afghanistan. Maybe Obama should have just read a list.
To be fair, some prominent rightbloggers were much more gracious. For some the graciousness was tightly stretched over rage. Blackfive thus wished the new President well: "I HOPE his plan to spend the largest chunk of borrowed money ever to stimulate the economy does so, although I have huge concerns about the debt it will rack up and the liberal pipe dreams that will suck up far too much of it.... But most of all I HOPE that we can MoveOn past the bitter hate that has characterized our politics for too long and with far too little justification. So Good Luck President Obama, America can be proud today. Tomorrow it's back to reality." Hey, thanks!