Chapter Ten of An Ecstatic Loneliness: Frank Rich In The Bunker
By Michael Moriarty
Frank Rich, in an article for New York Magazine, wrote: "We were always gobsmacked!"
An American wrote that?! "Gobsmacked?"
What does that mean actually?
According to World Wide Words, here is the definition: "Gobsmacked… suggests that something is as surprising as being suddenly hit in the face."
Following "gobsmacked" asan apparently en vogue, British favorite, Frank Rich writes this:
Jonah Goldberg became a household celebrity in Conservative America by labeling a quintessentially American political proclivity "Liberal Fascism". However, "Cockroaches" doesn't sound the least bit Italian.
Adolf Hitler might have called a number of his fellow human beings "cockroaches" and, well, stamped them out with his feet and ten Panzer Divisions… but a former theater critic and columnist for the New York Times?!
Does use of the British "gobsmacked" enable Frank Rich to brand his political opposition "cockroaches"?
Rich's new assignment is editor-at-large for New York Magazine.
He grew up in Washington, D.C., attended public schools and then, because of his years at Harvard, he's not simply "shocked", he's "gobsmacked". Shows you what a little Ivy League can do for an American from anywhere!
Even Hawaii! Yes … Barack Obama is Frank Rich's kind of President and they understand each other.
Why? They both went to Harvard.
From such a lofty perch, Mr. Rich can somehow write the following:
The Tea Partiers are the Americans of "no government"? Apparently.
Obama and Obamacare are "modest government activism" and the Republican Party… well, those "Tea Partiers"… are "no government"?
Frank Rich, in his richest anxiety, dove into this article with,
"Hear, Hear!"… or "Here, Here"!… whichever.
Then we read, "… the country-club patrician George H. W. Bush… "
That's at least half of the ugly story about the Bushes and Rich's prayed-for, Bush/Clinton "New World Order With Progressive Aims".
The article is not entirely as harmlessly grumpy as it might sound… that is if you are given to dismissing "cockroaches" as the invective of a New York Times relic.
Rich's own "paranoia", a penchant he only brands Conservatives with, begins here:
To heighten the tensions within this drama, Rich recalls,
Rich even includes his own fellow-party-members in what little optimism they can muster from a possible Romney victory:
An additional "Hear, Hear"… or "Here, Here" for State Capitalism!
Hmmm … "Mr. 9-9-9" Herman Cain … the black guy in the Republican Party … one of ‘em … as part of the "freak show". I wonder where Mr. Rich is going to put or describe Allen West… if he hasn't already.
Allen West is possibly one of the Republicans coming under the Rich advice of "nuke ‘em".
Whether Rich is satirizing the satire of George C. Scott's General Buck Turgidson in Dr. Strangelove or not depends upon where this former theater critic's editorial is headed.
That can't be determined at this moment in my own article. You haven't heard enough out of "nuke the cockroaches" Frank Rich.
Rich might sigh, "There are so many of these Conservative ‘cockroaches'… and their overpopulating progeny… perhaps only a nuke will do."
I wouldn't, by now, be too naive in calling Frank Rich one Jonah Goldberg "Liberal Fascist".
"But how ‘bout Rich as a ‘Progressive Nazi'"?!
No… not quite yet… though "cockroaches" helps Frank Rich in the qualifying round.
Women are the first to pick up these Liberal crossings-over from Liberal Fascist to Liberal Nazi.
Now comes Frank Rich's scholarly Big Picture of American Conservatism:
Herman Cain and Allen West might very eloquently challenge that last concluding assessment.
Now is when Professor Rich reminds his own fraternity of their ill-advised smugness:
Then Rich reveals his own tunnel vision best when he sits at his desk… or with a portable computer in his airplane seat… still "gobsmacked" by the Republican's shift to the Tea Party.
Rich is "gobsmacked" by the Divine Reality that for every Barack Hussein Obama there will be, in America, a Paul Ryan.
Thank God for that!!!!
Furthermore, for every, would-be Mao Zedong like Barack Obama there will be some new version of a Winston Churchill.God-willing, the reserved Mitt Romney will surprise us and prove to be that American Winston Churchill in hiding!
Why? The Romney's, like the Churchill's, were a family bred for politics and increasingly White Tower world leadership.
However, this is Frank Rich's assessment of "anodyne" or negotiable conservatives:
Poor Frank Rich!The Conservative Cockroaches might never be exterminated!!!
And even if the Conservative Cockroaches should lose, there'll most certainly be a Cockroach Comeback:
"Nativists"… like "gobsmacked"… cries for what I call a brief "Wiki-Moment"!
Oh, isolationists and… well… cultural nepotism… and what Conservatives call "patriots".
Liberals remind me so much of the Catholic Church when it comes to their loathing of "nativism".
Both the Catholic Church and the Liberals, say yet again, the "Progressives", wish to convert the entire human race to its and their way of thinking.
Mr. Rich is now not sure that Liberally Progressive spiritual, political, economic and, indeed, sexual missions can ever be fully accomplished. There will, rather like Radical Liberals, always be Radical Conservatives.
Is Rudy Giuliani a Radical Conservative?I never admired Giuliani until he found his real role in the Republican Party: Enforcer.
Here in this link, he comes out swinging with verbal cross-checks like a seasoned hockey pro and, being the gifted politician he has always been, he can skate backwards as gracefully as he can attack.
Giuliani's POV of the Jihadists' assassination of an Ambassador and three more Americans in Libya leaves the Liberal opposition check-mated.
I doubt if Frank Rich, who, like I, lived under the Mayor-ship of Giuliani, could possibly stop the machine-gun accuracy of this Republican Enforcer.
No wonder, Frank Rich, with his can of Raid to exterminate the Conservative Cockroaches with, has resigned himself to The Bunker.
Rich has, as they say in less violent sports than those called for in Nazi Bunkers, "hunkered down" for an endlessly long term.
Nothing coming from the enemy camp could sound more like music to my ears: a Progressive resigned to Reality.
How long can that brand of Progressive humility possibly last?
Till Obama's reelection.
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@MGMoriarty.