December 09, 2012
If Only Grover Norquist…

…had thought of this:

TOKYO — Shintaro Ishihara has been a rare, flamboyant presence in Japan’s otherwise drab political world for four decades. A novelist turned right-wing firebrand, he has long held celebrity status on the political margins, where he was known for dramatic flourish. He once signed a pact in blood to oppose diplomatic ties with China because of its communist government…

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at December 09, 2012 02:36 PM
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"Battered national pride" turns to any other idiot who promises to restore its self esteem. In Italy it's Mr. Berlusconi. In Germany it used to be Mr. Hitler (actually he was Austrian, of course, but who cares in a case of endangered national pride).

Posted by: Peter on December 10, 2012 12:21 PM
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