“I will say nothing about the dignity of a candidate who repeatedly winks at the public, Hooters-waitress style.”


Let’s see now…

The GOP presidential candidate sat on the board of a  terrorist group in the 1980s.

His vice-presidential candidate’s husband was a member of a group which wants to secede from the United States as recently as 2002.

Do these clowns really want to get into the “past association with” debate?

Jame Fallows:

In these circumstances, and with a presidential election four weeks away, is it conceivable that candidates will waste time arguing whether one of them has been in the same room with a guy who had been a violent extremist at a time before most of today’s U.S. citizens were even born? (William Ayres was a Weatherman in the late 1960s. Today’s median-aged American was born around 1972.) Of course, it’s not only conceivable: it’s the Republican plan for this final push — “turning the page” on economic concerns and getting to these “character” and “association” questions about Barack Obama.

Grow up. If John McCain has a better set of plans to deal with the immediate crisis, and the medium-term real-economy fallout, and the real global problems of the era — fine, let him win on those. But it is beneath the dignity he had as a Naval officer to wallow in this mindless BS. I will say nothing about the dignity of a candidate who repeatedly winks at the public, Hooters-waitress style. A great country acts great when it matters. This is a time when it matters — for politicians in the points they raise, for journalists in the subjects they write about and the questions they ask of candidates. And, yes, for voters.

Tonight is going to be fascinating, although the format probably will not allow for McCain to go the slime route to any great extent as the candidates will, presumably, be peppered with economic questions.

Good luck with that, Johnny Mac.

You betcha, doggone it.

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