America’s left-wing media and academic elites, one has to conclude, have lost their way. When Columbia University invites Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak on campus and the National Press Club decides the dictator is the one who should open their inaugural video-conference luncheon, all of their objections to being portrayed as extreme ideologues ring hollow.

It’s as if these two once-hallowed institutions are desperate to prove all of the worst things said and believed about them. Former Harvard President Larry Summers is too radioactive to speak on a college campus, but Holocaust-denying Ahm-A-Nut-Job isn’t. But then liberals have always had a thing for dictators. They love Castro and still get misty-eyed over Stalin. And Hugo Chavez is their current Man of the Year.

What a world.