(This French stuff is the new staple of Republican attacks. An unnamed Bush adviser was quoted in The New York Times this week as saying of Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, the Democrat the Bushies think most likely to win his party’s nomination, “He looks French.”)
The neocons, that is, are at their Jacobin moment. In their assessment, they have dispatched the ancien régime and the constitutionalists like Lafayette. Now they must turn on their Dantons and Marats, their fellow revolutionaries who have failed to get with the Jacobin program. All prudent Republicans must now swear allegiance to Wolfowitz and Rove. If they don’t, Newt Gingrich — like Robespierre, a provincial second-rater with delusions of grandeur and an affinity for ruthlessness — is already tinkering with his chopping block.