Thursday, February 21, 2008

As my old pappy used to say, a fox isn't sly; he just can't think any slower.

On the McCain thing---

I'm sure a lot of you guys had the same reaction I did when hearing about this: who cares? It's not like I didn't know the guy was a scumbag and had already had no intention of voting for him.

But a quick glance at this afternoon's news is making me extremly uncomfortable. This whole thing is starting to remind me of the George Bush National Guard/ CBS/ Killian Memos controversy in which the story became the story. The results of that brouhaha effectively innoculated Bush from legitimate questions about his military service for the remainder of the election.

I'd hate to have a lack of proof of scumbaggery on McCain's part innoculate him in the same way from much more substantative accusations of scumbaggery later in the election. Much of the almost unanimous push-back by conservative howler monkeys against this story can be attributed to their recognition that they may be able to get the larger media to think twice before reporting on McCain's ethical problems in the near future.

As for the media participation in the push-back (most of the cable news networks are rushing to McCain's defense) the consensus on progressive blogs seems to pin this on conservative bias. It could be that. More likely it's the fact they they want the Presidential election to be a horse race. That will hardly be a possibility if McCain goes down in flames so early in the election.

Remember: it's always all about them.


Jess Wundrun said...

I think your theory is pretty darn good. Let's never forget that the White House had every chance to respond to the Killian memo story before it came out and didn't. McCain had the heads up on this one for several months.

Funny, though, how any allegation against Bill Clinton was considered true no matter what.

Dean Wormer said...

Yeah, it just seems too contrived...

It'd be nice if the Clinton Rules replied to Republicans once in a while.

Swinebread said...

Meh, he was part of the Keating 5, that should be enough to disqualify him for prez

Dr. Zaius said...

Did you ever notice that McCain looks and acts just like Floyd R. Turbo? I should do a post about that.