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Frank Rich Abandons the New York Times: Good Riddance!

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Posted on March 4 2011 2:00 pm
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Left-wing op-ed columnist Frank Rich is leaving the New York Times. Good riddance.

I can’t wait to see who will be taking his place, but in the meantime it is worth looking back at some of the richly absurd columns that Rich has written over the years.

In expressing his exuberant  love affair with President Obama, for example, Frank Rich had this to say right after Obama was elected in 2008:

Dawn also brought the realization that we were at last emerging from an abusive relationship with our country’s 21st-century leaders. The festive scenes of liberation that Dick Cheney had once imagined for Iraq were finally taking place — in cities all over America.

Even when Rich disagreed with something that President Obama did, such as his decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, Rich combined his mild criticism with effusive praise:

Obama’s speech struck me as the sincere product of serious deliberations, an earnest attempt to apply his formidable intelligence to one of the most daunting Rubik’s Cubes of foreign policy America has ever known.. We want to believe that Obama’s marvelous powers of reason can check a ruthless enemy and reverse decades of tragic history in one of the world’s most treacherous backwaters.

And when Rich realized that President Obama was not the Great Redeemer who

could fulfill the messianic dreams kindled by his presence and rhetoric, maintain the riveting drama of his unlikely ascent, and sustain the national mood of deliverance that greeted his victory

Rich still claimed that the Obama team was,

a vast improvement over the ideologues and hacks favored by the Bush White House

Indeed, as intensely as Rich loves Obama, he truly hated George W. Bush.

In a 2007 op-ed column entitled “The ‘Good Germans’ Among Us,” for example, he accused the Bush administration of using

Gestapo tactics in our war

In another 2007 column discussing Bush’s Iraq war surge decision, Rich wrote:

The cancer on the Bush White House, Iraq, is now spreading too fast

Rich also directed his venom to attack Obama’s adversaries at Fox News and within the Tea Party, whom he characterized in a book review appearing in the New York Review of Books as:

the Obama-hating tag team of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News and its Tea Party auxiliaries

In a 2010 column, relying on a biased profile of the Tea Party by another New York Timeswriter, Rich wrote:

the unhinged and sometimes armed anti-government right that was thought to have vaporized after its Oklahoma apotheosis is making a comeback. And now it is finding common cause with some elements of the diverse, far-flung and still inchoate Tea Party movement. All it takes is a few self-styled “patriots” to sow havoc

Somehow Sarah Palin’s telling a national Tea Party Convention “I will live, I will die for the people of America, whatever I can do to help” prompted Frank Rich in the same column to come out with this outrageous attack on Palin:

It’s enough to make you wonder who is palling around with terrorists now

This is just a small sampling of Frank Rich’s spiteful, hate filled shilling for the Left’s agenda.  His usual line of argument is to lie about and viciously attack the conservatives who stand in the way of that agenda. His columns over the years have added nothing of substance to the national conversation on important public policy issues.

All I can say to Frank Rich is good riddance and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Joseph Klein is the author of a recent book entitled Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations and Radical Islam

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