Thursday, October 23, 2008

Reality Takes a Swing

I began this post intending only to post this splendid image (via), but while I'm here and referring to the Wide Stance's richly-deserved political troubles, here's John McCain speaking, um, maverick-ly in a recent interview with Don Imus (via):

I think [Palin's] the most qualified of anyone recently who has run for vice president to tell you the truth ... I'm frankly entertained at the elitist attitude toward a person who is a proven leader ... She [Palin] did fine in the interviews with Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric. She did a great job in those interviews ... It's easy to make fun of people and ask them gotcha questions but I don't think that the American people buy that baloney.
Campaigns and parties represented by people who are this detached from reality deserve to fail -- early, often, finally, totally. Whiff. Strikeout.

Of course the stakes go well beyond an unhinged dotard's defense of his latest crush. Consider this exchange between Doug Cassel, a professor of law at Notre Dame, and John Yoo, one of the chief legal advisors of the Bush-Cheney administration:
[Cassel]: "If the president deems that he's got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person's child, there is no law that can stop him?"

John Yoo: "No treaty."

Doug Cassel: "Also no law by Congress—that is what you wrote in the August 2002 memo [while Yoo was a Justice Department attorney]."

John Yoo: "I think it depends on why the president thinks he needs to do that."
Here is more of Yoo's filthy tribalist relativism which, it should be said, amounts to nothing unless and until someone with power puts it to effect.

The rightness or wrongness of torture does not hinge on which political leader acting under which flag is doing it. The quality of Sarah Palin's answers to basic questions and her readiness for the vice presidency do not turn on imbecilic prating about "elitism," quite aside from the brazen hypocrisy of a multi-millionaire railing against elites on behalf of a woman parading around with $150,000 in clothes.

Reality bats last. May the polls hold true and let reality have a very strong at-bat on November 4.

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