Criticize Dunn, But For The Right Reasons
Mark Silva at The Swamp picks up on the latest round of sparring between Fox News and Beck vs. the WH. While Dunn's invoking Mao may be somewhat revealing of her judgment, I wouldn't go quite as far as some are in their criticism.
Beck played footage of Dunn addressing some high schoolers about "two of my favorite political philosophers, Mao Zedong and Mother Teresa — not often coupled with each other — but the two people that I turn to most to basically deliver a simple point, which is, 'You're going to make choices, you're going to challenge, you're going to say, why not?, you're going to figure out how to do things that have never been done before.''
First, I don't know that she claimed Mao was her "favorite political philosopher" in very general terms, as some seem to be suggesting. But more pointedly, in the actual quote, Mao was discussing his odds of winning a war – an external military conflict. So, all in all, especially given Mao's true philosophy and reputation, it's an extremely dumb choice to speak to the concept of personal achievement, which she mostly was in that portion of the video – also below. The analogy simply doesn't serve very well.
And, yes, it may, or may not suggest some kind of intellectual tolerance for Mao with which many might not agree. But I don't know as if I'd indict her for that. It's simply more proof she's a Leftist liberal. Big surprise!
Still, to the overall point, does it give me comfort that such a person has a significant influence within our government? No, honestly it doesn't. But that's likely going to prove true of nearly every Obama appointee as far as I can tell, no matter what.
In short, I think it will take more than this to knock Anita Dunn from her perch in the West Wing.