Doddering old fool David Broder is back, once again elevating high Broderism to an art form. Broder, in his never-ending pursuit for moderation, consensus, and “fair play,” has become upset with the increasingly negative tone of the campaign.
Fair enough, I suppose. A lot of us are tired of the negative tone of the campaign. But what makes us different from David Broder is that we are able to correctly identify why there is a negative tone. Broder, not-so-much:
The first question I asked John McCain and then Barack Obama was: How do you feel about the tone and direction of the campaign so far?
No surprise. Both men pronounced themselves thoroughly frustrated by the personal bitterness and negativism they have seen in the two months since they learned they would be running against each other.
“I’m very sorry about it,” McCain said in a Saturday interview at his Arlington headquarters. “I think we could have avoided at least some of this if we had agreed to do the town hall meetings” together, as he had suggested, during the summer months.
You see, the negative tone is Obama’s fault for not acquiescing to McCain’s demands. If only Obama had committed to the Town Hall meetings, why then the Rove hacks McCain has hired to steer him to the Oval Office would not have repeatedly accused (falsely) Obama of dissing the troops in Landstuhl. If Obama had agreed to these meetings, McCain would not have spent a week accusing Obama of treason, claiming he would rather win an election than a war. If Obama had only done what John wanted, then he would not have run a steady stream of mocking and condescending ads for the past few weeks. If he had just gone to the town halls, and let his campaign schedule be dictated to him by McCain, they would not be running around making asses of themselves with tire pressure gauges (by the way- they sure seem to have dropped that meme quickly, haven’t they?). If only Obama… never mind, you get the point.
You can believe that if you want, just like you can believe the blame for the negative tone of the campaign is shared equally by Obama and McCain, as Broder certainly does. But then, of course, you would probably have to be as foolish as Broder.