Isn't this the incompetence dodge?
The incomparable Somerby writes:
LIBERALS MARCH TO WAR: In the Post, Shailagh Murray writes about Obama’s pledge to fight back hard. But honest to God. You just have to shake your heads at the way the liberal world plays this game. Our side is simply astounding:
MURRAY (8/19/08): Writing for the online Democratic Strategist, party communications consultant James Vega outlined a character attack that Obama could pick up. He said McCain has become "a pale, diminished shadow" of his former self, so desperate to win the election that he has sacrificed "his deepest principles and his personal honor" and allowed "men he once despised . . . to manipulate him."
"McCain is actually profoundly vulnerable to a powerful, aggressive and damaging attack on his character," Vega concluded.
It’s just stunning. On our side, we start defining the other guy in mid-August, right before the election.
Here on planet Earth, McCain’s character has been getting defined quite relentlessly over the past nine years. Starting in the fall of 1999, major journalists turned him into a sanctified saint—a moral sun god returned to the earth. The sheer absurdity of their pandering was surely apparent to all. But so what? On our side, we start addressing this matter in 2008, less than three months before an election!
What's "stunning" about it? Isn't this the incompetence dodge? It's like the idea that when you're four, you've got the face you were born with, but when you're forty, you've got the face you've earned.
In other words, at some point, doesn't it make sense to think that the Democrats are the way they are because they prefer to be that way?
It's exactly like Reid, Pelosi, and Obama's FISA abomination. I don't see that vote as a "cave" at all, because so far as I can tell, there's no reason to cave to Mr. 28% and everybody who's ever dealt with a phone bill hates the telcos. The Democratic Party leadership is voting affirmatively for -- is actively choosing -- a vision of the country that doesn't include Constitutional government or the rule of law.
So, if the Dems win the Presidency and majorities in both houses of Congress by being exactly what they want to be, how is that "incompetent"? From their perspective, everything's jake with the angels. Sure, the new war in Afghanistan Obama's pushing is going to cost a boatload, but the money will go to the right people, and anyhow, how many Afghanis know how to fly airplanes into buildings? And sure, a clutch of little people are going to suffer and die without universal health care, but hey, they're all "old coalition" losers and whiners that got thrown under the bus ages ago. And hey, Charlie, a Republican crossed -- heck, erased -- the aisle yesterday and underwrote the Democratic National Convention with a million dollar check. How's that for "incompetence"?
What could go wrong?