February 21, 2008
Dare to dream
On the subject of the New York Times' maybe-bombshell on McCain, I really don't have any intention to get into a rousing, uncompromised defense of the Times' total journalistic integrity. They've screwed up on stories in the past, as has every other credible news source in the country.
But that said, I really do wonder if, some day in the near future, right-wing pundits will learn that "the New York Times printed it" really isn't a credible attack on every story they print.
February 20, 2008
I really don't like the tone of this Kos diary, honestly, especially the sexist and unnecessary attacks against Cindy McCain's appearance and age. No one deserves that, Republican or Democrat. But I do agree with the underlying issue here: if the Republicans are going to start smearing Michelle Obama or make personal attacks or innuendo about Barack Obama's drug-related past, then ignoring Cindy McCain's story is going out the window.
I really don't want this election to become a stupid "family values" battle. But versus Obama, McCain isn't going to win one, and I think years of planning to face Hillary Clinton has blinded him to that. Families shouldn't be dragged through the mud in a presidential race; hopefully McCain's not stupid enough to try.
February 18, 2008
Begrudgingly, I have to give credit to the Republicans for being much more open in the primary process. The Democrats engage in this merry dance of triangulating, backtracking on their previous votes, refusing to actually take a definitive stand on anything, and generally just talking about platforms and policies that are worded like the closing statements of lawyers defending serial killers. Republicans just come out and say they're fucking nuts and want to destroy you.