“It’s Bushism metastasized.”—Andrew Sullivan, describing McCain’s choice of Palin, showing him to be “more interested in politics than policy, more interested in campaigning than governing.” The reader Sullivan quotes in this entry does a better job than I have in the last few days getting at the heart of what bothers me so much about this choice. It basically comes down, as far as I’m concerned, to a lack of respect for the office itself.
We usually catch only a few details — grapes from the seventeenth century, still fresh and gleaming, perhaps a fine ivory fork, or a cross’s wood and drops of blood, and great suffering that has already dried. The shiny parquet creaks. We’re in a strange town — almost always in a strange town. Somewhere a guard stands and yawns. An ash branch sways outside the window. It’s absorbing, describing static paintings. Scholars devote tomes to it. But we’re alive, full of memory and thought, love, sometimes regret, and at moments we take a special pride because the future cries in us and its tumult makes us human.
Gee, it’s not like people have been saying these systems were flawed for years or anything, right? I mean, surely, it’s just this one error, right? Why would there be any reason to suspect any others? My God. These guys should be sued for their souls.
Within hours, Mr. McCain, the Vietnam War hero and famed straight talker of the 2000 Republican primary, had taken on a new role: the leading advocate of taking the American retaliation against Al Qaeda far beyond Afghanistan. In a marathon of television and radio appearances, Mr. McCain recited a short list of other countries said to support terrorism, invariably including Iraq, Iran and Syria.
“There is a system out there or network, and that network is going to have to be attacked,” Mr. McCain said the next morning on ABC News. “It isn’t just Afghanistan,” he added, on MSNBC. “I don’t think if you got bin Laden tomorrow that the threat has disappeared,” he said on CBS, pointing toward other countries in the Middle East.
Within a month he made clear his priority. “Very obviously Iraq is the first country,” he declared on CNN. By Jan. 2, Mr. McCain was on the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in the Arabian Sea, yelling to a crowd of sailors and airmen: “Next up, Baghdad!”
So Ambinder essentially says that reports of strife are exaggerated. In short, this little piece presents a peachy picture of the behind-the-scenes conversations between Obama and Clinton folks. The Dowd op-ed that had me seething yesterday suggests the polar opposite, and it’s hard to know what to believe. Ambinder’s description squares with what I expect of the Obama camp, while Dowd’s squares with my worst fears about the Clintons. But knowing the press is itching for drama, and not being the biggest fan of Dowd, I’d put my money on Ambinder. So everythings hunky dory, yes, maybe, please?
“It would have been better to put this language in the platform: “A woman who wildly mismanages and bankrupts a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar campaign operation, and then blames sexism in society, will dampen the dreams of our daughters.”—Maureen Dowd: Yes, She Can - I don’t know how truly accurate this portrayal of the Clintons is, but man, it seems to strike me as true to the core. They whine publicly that Obama hasn’t done enough to reduce their mismanaged debt, then work behind the scenes to dampen, if not derail, his success in the fall. I seethe.
A very prominent local Republican, an ex-Congressman from eastern Iowa and the current director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard, jumped ship and backed Obama today. Just take a look at the quote from the McCain campaign to see just how petty, backhanded, and pathetic they are.