Something ludicrous that Jon Podhoretz said. What starts off as a strained read of a quote Joe Klein gave to Politico‘s Ben Smith about Charles Krauthammer ("Is it conceivable that Joe Klein is saying a man in a wheelchair is incapable of understanding the nuances of Iraq and the war on terror because he can’t get on a plane and go there like Joe Klein can?") becomes something taken for granted by the end of Podhoretz’s post. Look, John, we get it. You and Joe have differences about policy. That animates everything you write about Klein. No one is going to believe you are reading Klein’s quote in good faith. Let’s give the whole thing a rest.

Update: Imagine if I read Podhoretz’s headline, "A Small Man," and concluded, "Aha! Podhoretz is clearly making a snide remark about Klein’s height, thereby exposing his petty biases against short people! We should cease listening to him about matters of import as a result!" That would be pretty transparently stupid. 

Spencer Ackerman

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