I was driving in my car down the California coast this morning doing what any sensible person would do—listening to Rush Limbaugh—when all of a sudden I heard my name!
RUSH: I ran into something I found from 1978, Steven Hayward over at Power Line found it, reprinted it, and it’s some guy from 1978 named Harry Jaffa, “How to Think About the American Revolution.” But it’s not what you think. It’s an explanation of the modern left, and particularly how the modern liberal and the modern radical have become the same thing.
He’s referring to my post here a couple of days ago quoting Harry Jaffa on the character of the modern left. But it was Rush’ sequel after he came back from commercial break that had me chuckling:
I’m gonna link to this article from this guy named Harry Jaffa. I do not know who he is. I didn’t bother looking him up. I just trust that Steven Hayward at Power Line knows enough about the guy to quote him.
First, thanks much for the Rush vote of confidence in the editorial judgment of Power Line. Second, I suppose we shouldn’t fault Rush too much for not knowing who Jaffa was, as he’s not exactly talk-radio friendly material most of the time. But I imagine Rush would like to know that Jaffa was the author of the famous Goldwater line, “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the defense of justice is no virtue” which could, come to think of it, be Rush’s slogan, too. In any case, I told a fair bit of that story in this CRB article on the 50th anniversary of that great speech.
But obviously I’ll need to correct Rush’s lacuna by sending him the book I’m currently trying to finish writing by the end of the month. Lots more later after it finishes the editing process and heads toward publication, but I might as well give the first peek at an early cover mockup: