Opening Act: Too Jewish

Americans for Prosperity’s ad blast is less than entirely accurate.

An ad from Americans for Prosperity starts with an image of Obama and says the stimulus bill sent tax credits overseas, such as “half a billion to an electric car company that created hundreds of jobs in Finland.” The reality: Half a billion in loans from a Bush-era program were approved for Fisker Automotive. But they weren’t tax credits, weren’t part of the stimulus bill, and didn’t go to Finland.

Well, they were close!

Bruce Bartlett on polarization:

The demise of the conservative Southern Democrat is the primary reason for the rise of political polarization. The era in which they held significant power in the Democratic Party was a historical anomaly; polarization is actually the norm, to which we are now returning. The good old days of bipartisanship are as dead as the conservative Southern Democrat.

David Horowitz has a cold.

In his turn-of-the-21st-century heyday, shortly after publishing Hating Whitey, an assault on affirmative action and race-based quotas—or “the anti-white racism of the left”—that preceded his campaign against reparations for slavery, Horowitz appeared on op-ed pages, talk radio, and television nearly every day. (He even wrote a bi-weekly columnfor the liberal Salon.com.) But in 2012, his books are not just ignored by the New York Times, but by the Weekly Standard and National Review. “There are plenty of conservatives who don’t like my manner,” he admitted. “It’s too aggressive, too Jewish, too leftist.”

If anything this profile – a fun read – underrates the influence Horowitz had on the modern right’s understanding of the left. In 2004, before anybody else cared, Horowitz and Richard Poe were publishing charts connecting George Soros and Saul Alinsky to Democrats.