The two sides of Camille Paglia

On the one hand, she can be quite perceptive:

I’m puzzled by the optimism of so many commentators and Democratic functionaries who are prophesying Hillary’s graceful withdrawal by mid-June. Is there anything in the Clintons’ tawdry history to support such a thesis? Why wouldn’t they play smiley-face rope-a-dope now and smash-mouth alley-and-ambush fisticuffs right to the bitter end — meaning the convention in August? It’s now or never for Ms. Hill. Even if Obama loses this fall, there’s no guarantee whatever that she would win the Democratic nomination in 2012. That hoss will have been around the rodeo way too many times.

And on the other, astoundingly obtuse:

Where Hillary divides and sows bitterness, Obama wants to unite and heal. It is a project that all Americans of good will should wish to succeed.

As Jonah Goldberg has tirelessly pointed out, there’s a synonym for “union”. It’s “fascism”. I’ve been reading the Sharpe novels lately, and it’s interesting to see how a desire to unite was the “progressive” vision of Napoleon Bonaparte. It was the vision of Benito Mussolini. It was the vision of Vladimir Lenin. It was the vision of Adolf Hitler. It is the vision of the bureaucrats in Brussels and it is the vision of Barrack Obama. The desire “to unite and heal” is nothing more than the desire to control and dictate. It is amazing how people of varying degrees of intelligence have been repeatedly falling for this old chestnut for more than 200 years. If I am wrong about the inevitability of the Lizard Queen, (and the West Virginia results indicate that I am not), there’s a very good chance that you’ll get the chance to see that I’m correct about the evil inherent in Obama’s vision.

UPDATE – As events unfold, however, I find myself less and less concerned about being wrong. It’s pretty clear that the big guns haven’t even started firing yet:

Obama: Israel is a ‘constant sore’

Obama, under fire for attracting praise and support for his presidential run from the terrorist group Hamas, spoke to Atlantic Monthly at length about his views of the Middle East. Asked if he thought Israel represented a drag on America’s reputation overseas, Obama said: “No, no, no. But what I think is that this constant wound, that this constant sore, does infect all of our foreign policy.