Spare me Lanny Davis’s wounded outrage. Everyone knows [Helen Thomas] is a nasty piece of work and has been a nasty piece of work for decades.
And when I say a nasty piece of work, I don’t simply mean her opinions on Israel. She’s been full-spectrum awful. I’ve known a few people who knew her 40 years ago, and she was slimy then too. . . . All of these condemnations, equivocations, repudiations and protestations are all fundamentally silly because they are part of a DC Kabuki that treats the last straw as if it was wholly different than the million other straws everyone was happy to carry.
On one hand, I get what he’s saying. Nobody who has paid attention to Helen Thomas over the years is surprised by what she said. Many of us who viewed the video were less than shocked, and I am actually surprised that she’s actually receiving a backlash for the same kind of crap she has spewed for years.
Then again, the last straw is the last straw precisely because it’s a lot like the others — yet is somehow also just a little worse. And Thomas has never before been quite this clear in expressing her support for ethnic cleansing. Yeah, she has said similar things, but not quite this shamelessly.
The harrumphs of former respect are indeed ridiculous, but let’s let the backlash play out, Jonah.
Thanks to Allahpundit.