Let’s have a big round of applause for Joe Klein:
Now that’s a panel discussion! A heated debate between Time magazine’s Joe Klein and the New Republic’s Jamie Kirchick spilled off the dais Tuesday into a hallway confrontation where Klein called the younger pundit a “dishonest [expletive]” and a “[expletiving] propagandist.”
Klein told us today he’s not sure he uttered the “propagandist” bit — heard by a few witnesses — but stands by the “dishonest [expletive]” part.
“Absolutely. He’s a [expletive],” Klein, 62, told us. “He’s 25 years old, and he’s one of those people who has opinions but no facts or experience.”
In other words, Kirchick is perfect in his role as Marty Peretz’s jockstrap.
I’m sure the Weekly Standard and Commentary magazine will spend the next week explaining how this makes Joe Klein a self-hating jew. Joe may not be perfect, but he is on the side of angels when it comes to these assholes.
And as a fellow heater, I understand Joe and appreciate it, even when I disagree with him.
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Klein may have his flaws and vanities, a plethora of less than charming polemical traits, but Kirchick–Kirchick is the Eddie Haskell of neoconservatives, a calculating little suck-up whose obsequious pieties drip like melted plastic. (To wit: “Reached for comment, Kirchick said ‘McCain spent five years in a North Vietnamese torture camp. He doesn’t need lessons in the horrors of war from the likes of Joe Klein.'”) If Commentary made a lunch box, Kirchick is what you find packed inside, between a banana and a hand grenade.