April 9, 2009
Mona Charen writes about the Democrats’ continued fascination with left-wing tyrants:
Six members of the Congressional Black Caucus traveled to Cuba last week and were delighted with their reception. They met with Raúl Castro for four hours (including dinner). Three lucky members of the delegation were even entertained by Fidel at his home. As the Miami Heraldreported, the representatives found Castro to be “very engaging, very energetic . . . very talkative.” Imagine. The dictator known for his five-hour speeches. Who could have guessed?
Rep. Laura Richardson (D., Calif.) was impressed that Castro knew her name and her district. “He looked right into my eyes,” she gushed, “and he said, ‘How can we help you? How can we help President Obama?’ ”
In finest useful-idiot fashion, Representative [Bobby Rush (D., Ill.)] Rush said this of 77-year-old Raul Castro, who has served Fidel throughout the 50-year totalitarian siege of the island: “I think that what really surprised me, but also endeared me to him,” he told the Los Angeles Times, “was his keen sense of humor, his sense of history and his basic human qualities….”
Charen refers to these clowns as “useful idiots” – borrowing Lenin’s phrase – and it’s a good idea to use Lenin’s words against his apologists. But the term “idiot” gives commie lovers too much credit – as if they are too stupid to understand the horror that Castro et al. have caused.