Politics postsFriday September 12, 2008
Lies, Damn Lies and John McCain
Like the Best Show Ever
My friend Craig, below and in the New York Times, discusses how most Americans reacted to 9/11 as if it were just something that happened on TV, which, for most of them, is exactly what it was. We seem to be reacting to the presidential election in the same way. As if itís just a show. As if thereís no connection between us and these characters except in how they entertain us.
The Biden pick? So boring. We saw that coming. Yeah, six terms in the U.S. Senate. Yeah, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But he talks too much, doesnít he? Thatís kind of funny. Letís make a joke about that. Otherwise get him off stage.
The Palin pick? How exciting! Boy, did that jazz things up! Did you see how everyone was against her, and saying shit about her experience and all, and then she gave that speech and showed them? Wow, that was great! Such twists and turns in the storyline. Itís like ďLost,Ē you know? I gotta keep watching to find out what happens. And her family? Who knows whatís going on there? We can talk about them forever.
That great line she had about selling the plane on e-Bay? What do you mean it was a lie?
And how she fought the Bridge to Nowhere? What do you mean she supported it?
Wow, this woman will say anything to stay on! I gotta keep watching.
And now this interview thingee with Charlie Gibson. Yeah, she didnít know what the Bush Doctrine is. Who does? Yeah, when she sent her son off to war, she said 9/11 was responsible for Iraq or whatever. But how cool was that when she started talking about a war with Russia! Like, a real war! Take those commies, man. I mean, Obamaís all blah-blah-blah about the Constitution and shit, but she kicks ass!
Seriously, I thought they were gonna kick her off the show weeks ago, and now she might even win it? This is like the best show ever.
The New McCain Ad
Did you read this?
Did you see the new McCain ad?
It's called “Education” and it slams Barack Obama for not doing enough about education; then it delivers the whopper. In the real world, in Illinois, Barack Obama supported legislation to educate kids about pedophiles. The McCain ad calls this “sex education for kindergartners.”
From Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton:
“It is shameful and downright perverse for the McCain campaign to use a bill that was written to protect young children from sexual predators as a recycled and discredited political attack against a father of two young girls ó a position that his friend Mitt Romney also holds. Last week, John McCain told Time magazine he couldn't define what honor was. Now we know why.”
Begala and Willis to Media: Just State the Facts, Jack
Paul Begala on the media's he said/she said problem. When it comes to facts, demonstrable facts† ó i.e., Gov. Palin supported the bridge to nowhere, she was up to her ears in earmarks as mayor ó it's part of the media's job to state these facts. It's not a matter of partisan debate.
Or, if you want, we can go back to the John McCain-has-no-genitalia discussion. That was a fun one.†