Taranto said Republicans never question Democrats' patriotism, then did just thatMay 21, 2004 2:52 PM EDT ››› SHANT MESROBIAN
In the May 17 edition of The Wall Street Journal's editorial page website, OpinionJournal.com, editor James Taranto, in his "Best of the Web Today" column, wrote, "[S]ome Democrats do not seem to be on the side of their own country" -- yet just one month ago, he wrote, "Republicans almost never question Democrats' patriotism. ... [T]o do so would look vicious and unseemly."
On May 17, Taranto wrote:
Although 1864 and 2004 are vastly different times, there is a similarity. Now as then, America is at war, albeit this time with an external enemy; and now as then, some Democrats do not seem to be on the side of their own country.
But on April 19, Taranto wrote:
The truth be told, Republicans almost never question Democrats' patriotism. Even if there is reason to question it, to do so would look vicious and unseemly and would almost certainly backfire on the Republican politician who tried it.
Kerry knows this, which is why he (and many Democrats before him) is so eager to perpetuate the myth that Republicans are questioning his patriotism. But anyone who's paying attention knows it's not true, and as we've patiently tried to explain, to accuse someone of attacking your patriotism is to raise questions about it.