How soon America—“a toadying zombie mob with a terrible memory”—forgets, Abe Sauer writes on the Awl. Take the new offering from Hardee’s, “one of the nation’s largest, most popular purveys of food-like substances": the French Dip Thickburger. “What do maids, toast, kisses and burgers all have in common? They’re all better when they’re French,” goes the ad copy. Does anyone remember the anti-French sentiment of 2003?
Back then, critics vilified John Kerry for “looking French” and renamed French fries "Freedom fries" after France opposed the Iraq war. Now, Americans apparently prefer a "French dip" to other gustatory options. What's scary is how quickly people have forgotten. And how rabidly the old purveyors of anti-French rage—like Bill O'Reilly and Tom DeLay—are the same Einsteins "fanning the white-hot LCD-flames" against health care reform.