Krugman points us to the alternative universe that is the WSJ editorial page:
The treatment President Bush has received from this country is nothing less than a disgrace. The attacks launched against him have been cruel and slanderous, proving to the world what little character and resolve we have. The president is not to blame for all these problems. He never lost faith in America or her people, and has tried his hardest to continue leading our nation during a very difficult time.
Our failure to stand by the one person who continued to stand by us has not gone unnoticed by our enemies. It has shown to the world how disloyal we can be when our president needed loyalty — a shameful display of arrogance and weakness that will haunt this nation long after Mr. Bush has left the White House.
I do not think the word “slanderous” means what the writer thinks it means.
The author of this bit of fiction is one Jeffrey Scott Shapiro - more on him after the jump.
And now a quote:
“My real interest in going to law school was because I had an interest in First Amendment law,” Shapiro said. “I feel that the media abuses the First Amendment a lot, and I was hoping to go to law school so I could eventually represent people who were victims of that abuse.”
Sounds like a young Rudy Giuliani. Mr. Shapiro’s job, you see, is prosecuting people who exercise their First Amendment rights.
He deals with many protestors participating in unlawful conduct at the White House, U.S. Capitol, and other federal properties, particularly specializing in cases with mass protestors. Shapiro has prosecuted as many as 31 codefendants in one trial.
Shapiro has also worked on high-profile cases, just recently prosecuting and subsequently convicting a woman who accosted Condoleezza Rice on Capitol Hill with hands painted red to look like blood.
Just fantastic! This is precisely the sort of little authoritarian we need! Why shouldn’t young sociopaths write for the WSJ?
Nota bene: the puff piece at his law school’s website indicates that Mr. Shapiro did not pass the bar exam the first time. He did not pass the second time. He managed to pass the third time after writing a book on (wait for it) bar exam prep.
Someone needs to set the bar higher if this sort of whack job can pass.