QUITE AN ENDORSEMENT….You’ve probably heard some of the subtle ridicule of Jonah Goldberg’s soon-to-be-published book, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning. (My particular favorite came last week, when we learned Goldberg’s book will argue that “Nazi attitudes toward homosexuality are a source of confusion.”)

But never fear; Charles Murray thinks the book is great.

“‘It is my argument that American liberalism is a totalitarian political religion,’ Jonah Goldberg writes near the beginning of Liberal Fascism. My first reaction was that he is engaging in partisan hyperbole. That turned out to be wrong. Liberal Fascism is nothing less than a portrait of 20th-century political history as seen through a new prism. It will affect the way I think about that history — and about the trajectory of today’s politics — forever after.”

Well, in that case, it must be good, right?

In 2008, this book will truly be the gift that keeps on giving.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.