- Some people will say that words like scum and rotten are wrong for Objective Journalism — which is true, but they miss the point. It was the built-in blind spots of the Objective rules and dogma that allowed Nixon to slither into the White House in the first place. He looked so good on paper that you could almost vote for him sight unseen. He seemed so all-American, so much like Horatio Alger, that he was able to slip through the cracks of Objective Journalism. You had to get Subjective to see Nixon clearly, and the shock of recognition was often painful.
– Hunter S. Thompson’s eulogy to Tricky Dick Nixon.
But watching Palin’s speech I had no doubt that I was witnessing a historic, iconic performance. The candidate sauntered to the lectern with the assurance of a sleepwalker – And immediately launched into a symphony of snorting and sneering remarks, taking time out in between the superior invective to present herself as just a humble gal with a beefcake husband and a brood of healthy, combat-ready spawn who just happened to be innocent targets of a communist and probably also homosexual media conspiracy. She appeared to be completely without shame and utterly full of shit, awing a room full of hardened reporters with her sickly sweet line about the high-school-flame-turned-hubby who “Five children later” is “Still my guy.” It was like watching Gidget address the Reichstag.
This is the ninth presidential campaign I’ve covered. I can’t remember a more scurrilous statement by a major party candidate. It smacks of desperation. It renews questions about whether McCain has the right temperament for the presidency. How sad.
– Joe Klein, discussing McCain’s willing and gleeful descent into the gutter.
He has poisoned our water forever. Nixon will be remembered as a classic case of a smart man shitting in his own nest. But he also shit in our nests, and that was the crime that history will burn on his memory like a brand. By disgracing and degrading the Presidency of the United States, by fleeing the White House like a diseased cur, Richard Nixon broke the heart of the American Dream.
–Hunter S. Thompson again.
In the last few days, the McCain campaign has decided to go full on sleaze, and we now have the spectacle of major party candidates routinely, in their stump speeches, questioning the patriotism of the opposition. Not only questioning the patriotism, but insinuating, quite clearly, that Sen. Obama is in league with terrorists. In addition, they have released a commercial and have falsely stated in speeches that Sen. Obama does not support the troops and has accused them of being wanton murderers.
Make no mistake, for those of you in the media who still want to pretend that McCain is not in control of his actions, or does not want to pursue this course. This is their strategy. This is a choice. They made the decision to turn this election into a sleazefest:
“We are looking for a very aggressive last 30 days,” said Greg Strimple, one of McCain’s top advisers. “We are looking forward to turning a page on this financial crisis and getting back to discussing Mr. Obama’s aggressively liberal record and how he will be too risky for Americans.”
And the base is reacting. Whipped into a froth by their venomous cheerleading vice-jingoist in chief, a self-styled pitbull in heels, they are now shouting “treason” and “traitor” and even getting one fellow inspired enough to yell “kill him” in regards to Bill Ayers. She was even unable to stop bashing Joe Biden as he was today attending his mother-in-law’s funeral- she found time to spew out some more of her home-spun bile with a smile as she continued to recite her litany of nonsense and babble.
Meanwhile, we are required to ignore the unsavory connections of John McCain and Sarah Palin. We have to pay no attention to McCain’s relationship with radicals and Nazis and his weighing in on behalf of a man who has admitted to murdering a civil rights leader. We are told the Keating 5 fiasco is old news, and besides, McCain was innocent anyway, despite having professed guilt for two decades (fun fact- McCain’s lawyer is John Dowd, who was also Monica Goodling’s lawyer). Now that is change you can believe in! We must ignore McCain’s decades old relationship with Nixon-era crook G. Gordon Liddy. We must pay no attention to the fact that Sarah Palin is married to a man who willingly belonged to a political party whose leaders openly proclaimed that “My government is my worst enemy. I’m going to fight them with any means at hand.”
Having failed to sell themselves to the American public, McCain and Palin have nothing left to do but fling shit and hope they can turn Obama into Osama bin Laden. And even then, the most recent polls are showing they are failing. With McCain/Palin trailing by almost ten points in multiple polls, and with the markets diving yet another 5% today, the Republican candidates have nothing left to do but to stir up virulent anti-Obama sentiment, question his patriotism, assert he is a liar, and hope for the best. Not the best for the country, mind you. The best for them. This is John McCain’s respectful campaign. This will be his enduring legacy.
And they will fail, but you have to realize what we are in for these few weeks. If this is the rhetoric now, it is going to get worse. As such, a video for you all:
Yes, this is going to get worse, and no one should be surprised.