John Ransom

Ezra Klein tells readers of his “wonk” blog that he doesn’t read his own work.

Ok, he doesn’t actually say that, but he certainly implies it: “I actually can’t recall running into a piece in which the argument is so carefully written,” writes Klein “as to mislead the reader without, in most cases, being entirely untrue.”

There it is. Case close. Ezra Klein says so.

Klein either doesn’t read his own work or he has a short-term memory problem.

Klein of course was referring to someone else, not himself as I facetiously suggest- in this case, historian Niall Ferguson- when he wrote about misleading the reader without being untrue.

Ferguson you see has committed the unpardonable sin of being in all the right clubs- Oxford, Harvard, etc- and being…gasp…a conservative.

In a Newsweek cover story- Hit the Road Barack- Ferguson takes the president to task for: 1) passing Obamacare without any messy reform getting in the way of the graft in politics; 2) not effectively dealing with unemployment; 3) adding to the deficit without producing economic benefits and the more general sin of not being an effective executive.  

“Despite having been—full disclosure—an adviser to John McCain,” writes Ferguson, “I acknowledged his opponent’s remarkable qualities: his soaring oratory, his cool, hard-to-ruffle temperament, and his near faultless campaign organization. Yet the question confronting the country nearly four years later is not who was the better candidate four years ago. It is whether the winner has delivered on his promises. And the sad truth is that he has not.”

And since liberals these days are having a hard time defending the indefensible- anyone seen those chain’s y’all?- they have to settle for the only alternative left to them.

Smear the other side.

John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance, host of Ransom Notes Radio and you can catch more of the best money advice and monetary commentary by him daily 10am PT, 1pm ET at or on Comcast Cable


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