Three Commentators on the Barr Speech
Catherine Rampell, Is this Barr’s cry for help?
I sympathize with Ms. Rampell. I really do. When I attempt what I think is witty tongue-in-cheek humor, people sometimes think I am being serious—but weird.
Ladies and germs, please be advised: Ms. Rampell’s tongue is wedged deep within her cheek.
Paul Krugman, God Is Now Trump’s Co-Conspirator: Bigotry, both racial and religious, is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
Professor Krugman’s tongue is not lodged within his cheek. No, Professor Krugman is as serious as a heart attack.
So what’s going on here? Pardon my cynicism, but I seriously doubt that Barr, whose boss must be the least godly man ever to occupy the White House, has suddenly realized to his horror that America is becoming more secular. No, this outburst of God-talk is surely a response to the way the walls are closing in on Trump, the high likelihood that he will be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors.
Arius Aardvark, Onward Christian Soldiers
It’s possible that Krugman is right. But I fear the truth may be much worse than he imagines it to be.
I fear the truth may be that Barr was speaking from the heart and—in a monumental display of irony deficiency—meant exactly what he said.