Paul Begala: "Republicans, apparently, will date anyone before they'll marry Mitt. Remember their brief fling with Donald Trump? Then, after he decided not to throw his hair into the ring, they fell for Michele Bachmann, the Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya of the far right. Then it was Rick Perry -- the guy who claims he jogs with a loaded gun (without a safety) tucked into his shorts. And now that they've tired of Herman Cain's, umm, hands-on style of leadership, it's Newt's turn."
I am pretty sure if anyone had read the quote above he/she hadn't noticed anything unusual. Ok, Mr. Begala used some funny name, maybe a Russian saint or someone to metaphorically address the far right obsession with Michelle Bachmann, so what? He is an educated guy, most likely heard something.
For the record: Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya was an 18-years' old Russian woman who voluntarily joined the Red Army in 1941 to fight with Germans. She was assigned to a special ops group and was captured during the mission in the Petrishevo village, not far from Moscow. After grotesque tortures which included flogging and making cuts in her breasts she was publicly hanged in front of women and children of that village. It was done not by SS but by a regular Vermacht regiment. Due to that atrocity Stalin issued a special order to not to consider the soldiers of that regiment as POWs. Now you know. I hope Mr. Begala knows too.
The reader can judge for himself/ herself if any reasonable writer would associate the name of the hero of the most horrible war with the half-human personality of Michelle Bachmann. I understand that to Mr. Begala all of that means most likely nothing: he wanted to refer to the obsession with the name, the hysteria of the far right and he had no other example than Zoya. I guess he was just lazy and vane. The Devil finds work for idle hands.
Smirking is common among the US MSM folks. Still, I am wondering why Mr. Begala had chosen a Russian character. Why didn't he use Joan D'Arc, Sofia Sholl, or Anne Frank? After all, you can say that those names are not only widely known but also were the subjects of quite a hysterical approach for a long period of time. Mr. Begala bypassed them. He picked up a person not well-known in the West. That way he avoided possible complications with someone here and could consider himself safe in smirking. Who cares about an obscure Russian girl?
I care. I can't say that I care for Mr. Begala but I do care for the memory of those who died
in real battles so that Mr. Begala and people like him could
live free and smirk as much as they want. Now in Russia there is a plenty of those
who would smirk at anything and smear anyone; maybe Mr. Begala got his info
from them. They say that those
sacrifices were not needed, that it was all in vain, that Stalin
and Hitler were the same, etc. etc.
That's not surprising: good people can only sacrifice themselves; they cannot defend their memory They rely on us. I hereby protect Zoya's honor. It is my honor too.
So here I stand and here I say: Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, her brother Alexander who also perished in the war and millions of other young Russian boys and girls were much better as persons than Mr. Begala. They were much better as persons than me and certainly much better than any of our current GOP candidates. Mr. Begala should be ashamed of himself that in this country, under the rule of his party the people who run for President are anything but human. Mr. Begala, if he only cared for anything should not smirk but weep. He should weep deeply and shout to the best of his lungs about the danger to America. Instead he smirks and smears the hero of another nation, the one which saved his nation among others from the most horrible evil imagined.
There are people
in history whose lives, no matter
how short, shine like stars and show the way for generations yet to come. There are also
people whose lives, no matter how long,
stink like piles of trash. Zoya
Kosmodemyanskaya belong to the former.
As for the latter ones- we can see them all around.
Mr. Begala did not have to go to Russia to find a character similar to Michelle Bachmann. There are such in the American history. The closest which comes to mind is Mercy Lewis, one of the notorious hysterical girls-accusers at the Salem Witches' Trial. Here we have all the qualities: malice, ignorance and immaturity, so easily found in our dear Michelle B. I guess Mr. Begala did not even contemplate any such comparison. Ironically, Mercy Lewis was also about 17 years' old. As I said, the Devil find work for idle hands.