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Who Is Charles Krauthammer ?
Pajamas Media ^ | January 29, 2011 | David Solway

Posted on 01/29/2011 4:53:09 AM PST by RobinMasters

There's something cryptic and elusive about Krauthammer, like the coy Waldo in the famous puzzle. (And don't miss Steve Green on "Krauthammer Correcting Krauthammer." )

Charles Krauthammer has long been recognized as one of America’s most astute and authoritative political columnists, acknowledged as a cut above the majority of his scrivening colleagues. And yet there is something cryptic and elusive about him, like the coy Waldo in the famous puzzle. Perhaps he resents being put in boxes and wishes to preserve his independence of judgment, or his unpredictability.

Still, one detects a growing tendency to pronounce upon critical affairs without sufficient grounding in the penetralia of things along with a positional inconsistency that renders him at times maddeningly unlocatable, like a slippery electron in a split-screen experiment.

In other words, it is becoming increasingly difficult to determine where he can be reliably found on the ideological scale. Is he a conservative, a centrist, a “situational libertarian,” or all of these at different times? Is he a fiscal conservative like Terry Corcoran and, simultaneously, a social liberal like Alan Dershowitz? He is certainly far to the right of the New York Times, as any thinking person must be, but then he writes for the ultra-liberal Washington Post. Does he share a secret sympathy with choice portions of its editorial line or is he the paper’s resident conservative, whose purpose is to impart a semblance of impartiality?

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1 posted on 01/29/2011 4:53:14 AM PST by RobinMasters
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To: RobinMasters

Penetralia?

Sour Kraut also has a really bad nose job. But it comes in handy for supercilious sneering at the Divine Sarah.


2 posted on 01/29/2011 5:04:27 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: RobinMasters

CK was a Dem, but somewhere, sometime he supposedly suffered a conversion to the right.

Interesting to listen to - the way he constructs sentences and so forth, but for analysis === just another talking head.


3 posted on 01/29/2011 5:04:58 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine .. now it is your turn..)
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To: RobinMasters
Who Is Charles Krauthammer ?

An inside the Beltway RINO has-been.

There. 'Nuff said.

4 posted on 01/29/2011 5:06:04 AM PST by PalmettoMason (It's easy being a menace to society when WAY OVER half the population is happy being sheep.)
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To: RobinMasters; All

Krauthammer is German for “Liberal RINO”

“Conservative” and “Krauthammer” are two totally seperate things


5 posted on 01/29/2011 5:08:30 AM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Michelle Bachmann would make an excellent President)
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To: miss marmelstein
what a bizarre article, first, yes, "penetralia". then there is this;

To use a metaphor from Bridge, it is as if Krauthammer is playing a tenace hand, holding two nonconsecutive high cards in a suit, but with no intention of “finessing underneath” the missing “honor.”

got that? clear now?

6 posted on 01/29/2011 5:08:33 AM PST by beebuster2000
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To: RobinMasters
Krauthammer is one of the half a dozen or so people it's a mistake not to read. That doesn't mean he's always right, or Right.

He started as a democrat and for all I know, he still is. But he's intelligent and honest, and doesn't duck tough questions, so in terms of today's dominant problem set, he's operationally conservative. That doesn't mean he follows a party line.

7 posted on 01/29/2011 5:08:53 AM PST by sphinx
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To: RobinMasters

The answer is simple enough: At one time, many many moons ago, Krauthammer was a conservative, but he has gradually contracted Beltway Disease.

El Rushbo recently put it another way ... he said if he ever would have had kids, he had planned to name the girl “Krauthammer”, but no more.


8 posted on 01/29/2011 5:09:49 AM PST by Babu
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To: RobinMasters
I know this has been posted before, but it cannot be posted often enough (from his Wikipedia entry):
In 1978, Krauthammer quit medical practice to direct planning in psychiatric research for the Jimmy Carter administration, and began contributing to The New Republic magazine. During the presidential campaign of 1980, Krauthammer served as a speech writer to Vice President Walter Mondale.

In January 1981, Krauthammer began his journalistic career, joining The New Republic as a writer and editor. His New Republic writings won the 1984 "National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticism." In 1983, he began writing essays for Time magazine. In 1985, he began a weekly column for the Washington Post for which he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.
The New Republic and Time are leftist publications. Everything about his background screams lefty.
9 posted on 01/29/2011 5:10:17 AM PST by chickadee
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To: RobinMasters

I see him as highly intelligent, fairly conservative, but (sadly) very elitist.


10 posted on 01/29/2011 5:10:59 AM PST by NittanyLion
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To: RobinMasters

Actually, it doesn’t matter. He is


11 posted on 01/29/2011 5:11:01 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 .....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: beebuster2000

I understand that perfectly; what’s the matter with you?!

By the way, I had no idea that Sour Kraut attacked the great Geert Wilders. What a maroon.


12 posted on 01/29/2011 5:14:24 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: RobinMasters
In other words, it is becoming increasingly difficult to determine where he can be reliably found on the ideological scale. Is he a conservative, a centrist, a “situational libertarian,” or all of these at different times?

So glad the question raised. Think the answer is the latter. Have always loved that CK is on 'Fox News' and sharing his wisdom. . .'loved' that is; save for his surprise attacks - which causes a painful 'head jerk'. Not bad when 'occasional'; but they are seeming to come at more frequent intervals; versus those longer periods of peaceful evenings when I took comfort in what he had to say and only had to 'nod' my head, in response to his wisdom.

A welcome question as well; because if you offer that "you love Charles Krauthammer. . .but". . .you invite the worst of hostilities from other Krauthammer fans.

13 posted on 01/29/2011 5:14:36 AM PST by cricket (Osama - NOT made in the USA. . . .Obama, not made in the USA either.. .)
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To: chickadee

I’ve often wondered about the poor folks who came to him for psychiatric treatment. He has an incredibly cold persona - maybe he fancies himself as Freud Returns. He would have sent me running for the hills!


14 posted on 01/29/2011 5:16:59 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: RobinMasters

Who is David Solway?


15 posted on 01/29/2011 5:18:23 AM PST by Valpal1 ("The two enemies of the people are criminals and government..." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Babu

Rush is so funny! Love that guy.


16 posted on 01/29/2011 5:18:34 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: sphinx

“Krauthammer is one of the half a dozen or so people it’s a mistake not to read.”

Your money quote.


17 posted on 01/29/2011 5:20:34 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: RobinMasters

Charles who? Charles Kraut what?


18 posted on 01/29/2011 5:21:41 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: miss marmelstein

if you do understand it, then post the meaning, i am interested.

and for the record, i like krautman. i also admire him for what cant be easy given his disability.


19 posted on 01/29/2011 5:21:46 AM PST by beebuster2000
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To: metesky

Ping.


20 posted on 01/29/2011 5:24:44 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: NittanyLion
“I see him as highly intelligent, fairly conservative, but (sadly) very elitist.”

Before making this posting I took the time to go to Wikipedia and read CK’s bio. It appears to me he began his professional life as a liberal and then migrated toward conservatism as he aged and became wiser - a common life journey for many. However, I do believe that he a some level he has remained a crypto-liberal and he reveals this from time to time in his comments and writings. But, I think he has to be admired for his inner drive and determination to over come two severe potentially rehabilitating handicaps; his paralysis and his stuttering. Many have subcombed to either of these but he has successfully dealt with both and has become successful and self sufficient. Gotta admire that regards of where he falls on the political spectrum.

21 posted on 01/29/2011 5:25:51 AM PST by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: NittanyLion
“I see him as highly intelligent, fairly conservative, but (sadly) very elitist.”

Before making this posting I took the time to go to Wikipedia and read CK’s bio. It appears to me he began his professional life as a liberal and then migrated toward conservatism as he aged and became wiser - a common life journey for many. However, I do believe that he a some level he has remained a crypto-liberal and he reveals this from time to time in his comments and writings. But, I think he has to be admired for his inner drive and determination to over come two severe potentially rehabilitating handicaps; his paralysis and his stuttering. Many have subcombed to either of these but he has successfully dealt with both and has become successful and self sufficient. Gotta admire that regards of where he falls on the political spectrum.

22 posted on 01/29/2011 5:26:01 AM PST by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: RobinMasters
sufficient grounding in the penetralia of things along with a positional inconsistency that renders him at times maddeningly unlocatable, like a slippery electron in a split-screen experiment

Speaking of sufficient grounding in penetralia, it's "slit" not "split." ;)

Great analogy though!

23 posted on 01/29/2011 5:28:48 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (BYOST -- bring your own sark tag. Thank you.)
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To: RobinMasters

One of the “allowed” “conservative” commentators...


24 posted on 01/29/2011 5:28:59 AM PST by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: All
He tells thing as they are not as you want it to be. He is giving his OPINION...IMHO he is brilliant.

NOTE: do FR’s get a gold star ^ a purple jelly bean for making up names for people he don;t agree with.

If you have to call people names, you have no ideas!

25 posted on 01/29/2011 5:29:27 AM PST by southphilly
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To: RobinMasters
I was wondering if Krauthammer is married. The Wiki article leaves out most personal info for Krauthammer.

I did find this very informative article on another site:

Charles Krauthammer: Prize Writer

He grew up in Canada. Nuff said:)
26 posted on 01/29/2011 5:32:45 AM PST by chickadee
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To: RobinMasters

Krauthammer is a Romney supporter.

That should cover it.


27 posted on 01/29/2011 5:40:00 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: RobinMasters
Still, one detects a growing tendency to pronounce upon critical affairs without sufficient grounding in the penetralia of things along with a positional inconsistency that renders him at times maddeningly unlocatable, like a slippery electron in a split-screen experiment.

Methinks this article was overwrotten....

28 posted on 01/29/2011 5:45:04 AM PST by freebilly
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To: RobinMasters

CK is smarter than the average bayer, but his oracular delivery leads to the expectation that he is always and unanswerably right.
Which makes it all the more distressing when he clearly isn’t.


29 posted on 01/29/2011 5:46:03 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (BYOST -- bring your own sark tag. Thank you.)
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30 posted on 01/29/2011 5:54:42 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, in honor of Standing Wolf.)
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To: beebuster2000

I was being sarcastic. I guess it’s some bridge strategy.

I don’t like condescending to people with disabilities - particularly with highly successful, wealthy elitists like Mr. K. He can take care of himself.


31 posted on 01/29/2011 5:54:51 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: freebilly

Love your typing error! Sort of a mix of “overwritten” and “overwrought.” Both of which apply to this article.


32 posted on 01/29/2011 5:56:20 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: beebuster2000

Don’t play much bridge?


33 posted on 01/29/2011 5:57:18 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: RobinMasters

“Charles Krauthammer has long been recognized as one of America’s most astute and authoritative political columnists, acknowledged as a cut above the majority of his scrivening colleagues.”

That he is


34 posted on 01/29/2011 5:58:11 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: southphilly

Witty plays on names are as old as the sun. (Not that mine are witty, lol!) On the political left, Dr. K is known as Dr. Strangelove. Can’t get worse than that. And it’s pretty funny, too.


35 posted on 01/29/2011 5:58:57 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: RobinMasters

Take even 20 minutes of speech class, and you’ll learn that a deep voice and slow, measured speech results in people hanging onto your every syllable like Wiley Coyote hanging onto a cliff twig.
0bama has the gift, to a much lesser degree.
Sadly, Alan Keyes and Sarah Palin do not.
It’s good for around 50 points on the IQ radar.


36 posted on 01/29/2011 5:59:30 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (BYOST -- bring your own sark tag. Thank you.)
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To: miss marmelstein

I refudiate that it was a typing error....


37 posted on 01/29/2011 6:00:06 AM PST by freebilly
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To: RobinMasters

“In other words, it is becoming increasingly difficult to determine where he can be reliably found on the ideological scale.”

I appreciate that. I enjoy hearing what he has to say and deciding for myself.


38 posted on 01/29/2011 6:01:20 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: traderrob6

I’ll second that. I’ve always liked his analysis; offers some interesting tidbits without the bluster. Don’t always agree with it, but definitely respect it.


39 posted on 01/29/2011 6:01:20 AM PST by TheWriterTX (Buy Ammo Often)
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To: sphinx

Well said!


40 posted on 01/29/2011 6:01:28 AM PST by WellyP
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

“Take even 20 minutes of speech class, and you’ll learn that a deep voice and slow, measured speech results in people hanging onto your every syllable like Wiley Coyote hanging onto a cliff twig”

Spoken by someone ignorant of Krauthammer’s condition. He can’t help the way he speaks due to his paralysis.


41 posted on 01/29/2011 6:04:14 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

You’re mistaken and quite rude. If that’s all you’ve got, I’ll be merciful as usual and ignore you.


42 posted on 01/29/2011 6:07:54 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (BYOST -- bring your own sark tag. Thank you.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

He talks the way he does because he is a quadrapedic. You notice that by the way he breathes when talking..


43 posted on 01/29/2011 6:08:29 AM PST by goat granny
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To: RobinMasters; Joe Brower; Freedom Matters; marktwain

Is he still a gun grabbing elitist who thinks we should lose our RKBA for our own good?

Has he ever renounced his anti-RKBA pronouncements?


44 posted on 01/29/2011 6:08:43 AM PST by Travis McGee (EnemiesForeignAndDomestic is now on Kindle.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

You’re absolutely right. When you talk to a Brit with an upper class accent you think he is sooooooo bright until you realize he is a dumb as a stump.


45 posted on 01/29/2011 6:08:43 AM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

Can be at least a little bit taught. Interpreted differently in NYC, however, where slow speech is seen as a sign of hick idiocy. (NY minute and all...) Lower pitch that falls at the end of sentences especially key in conveying dominance and authority.


46 posted on 01/29/2011 6:12:54 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: RobinMasters

We had spare ribs & kraut for dinner last night.
After dinner I got hammered.


47 posted on 01/29/2011 6:14:58 AM PST by certrtwngnut
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To: goat granny

One could say he talks that way to control stuttering, too. Certainly it could be a factor. He’s obviously capable of hitting higher notes and talking faster, and elects not to do so.

Nevertheless, my earlier post was addressing the effect, not the cause or Krauthammer’s intentions.

Regardless the reason anyone does it, low and slow is powerful speech.


48 posted on 01/29/2011 6:15:20 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (BYOST -- bring your own sark tag. Thank you.)
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To: 9YearLurker
Interpreted differently in NYC, however, where slow speech is seen as a sign of hick idiocy.

I learned to speak in that infernal region myself. Now living in rural PA, I often find that people are rattled by my rapid fire delivery. They think I'm stressed or even angry. They ask me to calm down or slow down, and yet in Manhattan I'm considered quite mild, especially for a woman.

The contrast is such that when, occasionally, I get some receptionist or clerk on the phone who talks the way I do, I know immediately they're not from around here either, and our dialogue is all protein, quickly concluded. Usually I have to thumb my English-Vegetable Dictionary.

Ok, that was over the top :D But I do have to be careful when speaking to a hick what-you-said.

49 posted on 01/29/2011 6:23:12 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (BYOST -- bring your own sark tag. Thank you.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
I've wondered about this voice/speech issue on Sarah's part. Sometimes it seems as if she's raising her voice to get her point across, but she's not. And there is that definite (to my southern ears) Northwestern twang. I almost wish she would work on that - to kind of soften the twang a bit.

This isn't a criticism, but perception is everything in a campaign.

50 posted on 01/29/2011 6:31:03 AM PST by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch ( T.G., global warming denier.)
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