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I met Ed Morrissey last year after reading his blog every day for several years and have had the pleasure of conversing with him, and by all definitions of the word he’s an affable and polite gentleman who measures his words and is not prone to anger.
That makes it all the more enjoyable to watch him bring out the big stick and pound it hard.
His target? This beaut from the NYT, which has become a yellow journalism tabloid: For McCain, Self-Confidence on Ethics Poses Its Own Risk, in which the Times suggests unproven adultery by McCain.
Essentially the NYT is speculating on whether “female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, visiting his offices and accompanying him on a client’s corporate jet” – as lobbyists are prone to do – and a possible “close bond” amounted to an affair (of which there is absolutely no proof) eight years ago.
That’s right folks, two Presidential election cycles ago. That’s fifty six dog years.
The NYT’s position strikes me a ridiculous and sexist. I have worked with men all my life and have developed close friendships that will never amount to sexual affairs, but if one’s to go by the NYT criteria every woman in the world can be the target of such allegations.
But I digress.
Here’s Ed’s response:
Got that? Nothing actually happened. The big story here is that there may have been an “appearance” of a “close bond”.
And where did the Times get this information? Well, you have to read past the rehash of the Keating Five scandal of the mid-1980s, past a strange accusation involving McCain’s use of direct flights from Washington to Phoenix, and past his crusade to clean up Washington through the BCRA (which I adamantly opposed and still do) to get to the Slimes’ sourcing. It turns out that they talked to two anonymous former staffers — neither of whom allege that the relationship actually became romantic — and who describe themselves as disgruntled.
Great sourcing there, guys. Way to corroborate a non-story. I guess Lucy Ramirez must have been hard to find this time around.
Let’s give credit where credit is due. JIM RUTENBERG, MARILYN W. THOMPSON, DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and STEPHEN LABATON all show the kind of journalistic chops that made Us such a must-read in doctor’s offices and lavatories around the world. The next time, they need to include more pictures of Britney Spears exiting limousines to capture the essence of this kind of reporting.
They don’t have those pictures, but they’re willing to show the motorcade to the psychiatric ward. Which apparently has them too busy to be interviewed on the radio about the McCain story: Patrick Hynes was resoundedly turned down when he invited Rutenberg, who also said no one else at the Slimes was willing to come to Patrick’s radio show.
Race 4 2008 has more on the FCC aspect of the story.
Tonight at 8PM Eastern I’ll be joining the guys at Heading Right. Will we start another drinking game? If we do, should it be over every time anyone says “Ronald Reagan”, considering that the debate will be held at the Ronald Reagan ranch in Simi Valley, CA?
The debate transcript is here.
Tonight I’ll be liveblogging the debate at Heading Right.
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Both states have been criticized as unrepresentative of the country given their size and lack of racial diversity. Iowa — population 3 million — is 95 percent white; New Hampshire — population 1.3 million — is 96 percent white. Democrats tried to inject more diversity into the process by adding early contests in Nevada and South Carolina, but Iowa and New Hampshire moved even earlier.
The system became so scrambled last year that New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner was prepared to move the primary into December to keep ahead of other states that scheduled their own early primaries and caucuses. If anything, the front-loaded calendar made Iowa and New Hampshire more important.
Gardner and other defenders of New Hampshire say the country — and the candidates — are well-served because the primary requires close contact with voters, not just a big advertising budget and name recognition.
I was in Des Moines and Ames in the early fall, and I must say that, as small and landlocked and white and rural as Iowa is, I would be happy to give an opening bid in our electoral process to its warm and generous and serious people. But this is not what the caucus racket actually does. What it does is give the whip hand to the moneyed political professionals, to the full-time party hacks and manipulators, to the shady pollsters and the cynical media boosters, and to the supporters of fringe and crackpot candidates. It is impossible that the Republican Party could be saddled with a clown like Huckabee if there were a serious primary in Iowa, let alone if the process were kicked off in Chicago or Los Angeles or Atlanta. (Remember that not Iowa but its “caucuses” put Pat Robertson ahead of George H.W. Bush in the race for the GOP nomination in 1988.) The process might be a good way for Iowa to pick its party convention delegates, though I frankly doubt even that. It is an absolutely terrible way in which to select candidates for the presidency, and it makes the United States look and feel like a banana republic both at home and overseas.
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Ed Morrissey asks, When Did Scott Ott Become Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Manager?
All right, I know a great satire site when I read it. Scott Ott must have contracted with the Hillary Clinton campaign for this argument, right? Only a true satirist or a complete idiot would go after a campaign opponent for his academic record — in kindergarten! Claiming that Barack Obama didn’t tell the truth when he said that his presidential run wasn’t the result of some long-held plan, Hillary dug up the evidence after checking the Crayola signatures (via Best of the Web)
Chris Muir has more on that.
By the way, in case you were wondering, here’s my kindergarten essay on my political ambitions:
When I grow up, I want to spend eighteen years as a mid-level manager for alarm company call centers. After that, I want to write about politics on DarpaNet. I hear all the hot chicks dig balding, middle-aged political pundits.
We do, Ed. We do.
Hillary Pollster: “Kindergarten Attack” On Obama Was Just A Gag:
“You guys are so spinnable!”
The operative word is gag.