It's pretty darn obvious what Democrats are doing today -- ripping into Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) for his "apology" to BP in a fashion that makes Oceania's campaign against Emmanuel Goldstein look amateurish.A commenter replied,
I can see Weigel criticizing the Democrats for willfully *misconstruing* Barton's remarks. That's the dirty game Republicans love to play with Democrats, which Democrats never seem to be able to pull off.
The only differences, of course, being that unlike Emmanuel Goldstein, Joe Barton actually exists, and actually said what he is being attacked for saying -- in a prepared statement at a televised congressional hearing, no less -- and the Inner Party functionaries in "Oceania" (i.e. the Obama Administration) have simply been responding to questions about Barton's idiocy asked by a more-or-less free press.
But other than that, yeah, it's just like 1984.
But whining because they're making hay out of a massive, unforgivable, nationally-televised gaffe, which Weigel admits is in fact what most Republicans think?
This is like Kobe complaining that Kevin Garnett will try and score a lot of points and get a lot of rebounds tonight.
What a puss.