Well, it’s official. “Political Entertainment” is now officially a more common category for this blog’s posts than is “comps.” I don’t know whether to celebrate that the comps posts are over or lament that the other kind aren’t.
But anyway, I finally got around to reading the latest Howard Dean email that I received. (I unsubscribed from the Obama campaign’s email because its twice-daily frequency got obnoxious, but I still get a kick out of old Howard’s occasional messages.) I smirked when the same political campaigners who convinced the country that a candidate who spent the presidential debates bragging about how many people he executed was a “pro-life candidate” argued, four short years later, that John Kerry was the “most liberal” Senator. So when this election boogie woogie started and I heard that Obama was now the “most liberal” Senator, I was not surprised–same playbook, same plays.
But then I read ol’ Howard this afternoon, and now McCain’s campaign is, according to that message, the most extreme right-wing campaign ever to reach major party nomination.
I suppose I should be happy that the best way to scare voters is to threaten them with the extremes of American political life–it means that a true right- or left-wing takeover isn’t that likely and that, with the exceptions of spans like ’92-’94 and ’00-’06, one party is likely to control the Congress while the other controls the White House. But I do wonder how many people, like me, are smirking and how many actually believe this nonsense.