Much ado about nothing Every single time the chattering classes set up a howl over the horrific possibility that the rules might once more apply and the FISA court might be restored to relevance if broad, sweeping spy powers are allowed to lapse - point out that under the OLD rules the intelligence agencies were able to put together the PDB that warned "bin Laden determined to strike in U.S." in bold at the top. Carte blanche collection authorization doesn't mean a damned thing if the chucklehead in charge ignores it. So would someone tell Kit Bond to shut the hell up already?
ZOMG!!! Is this literally the best they've got??? Because if so, the next five months are going to be like watching a slow-motion train wreck. Floundering desperately for a counter-comparison to the "McCain = a third bu$h term" theme that is catching on, he settled on a Carter comparison. “Senator Obama says that I’m running for a Bush’s third term," McCain said. "Seems to me he’s running for Jimmy Carter’s second.” WTF? Our friend Steve Benen breaks it down like this: "I suppose it occurred to the McCain campaign to compare Obama to Bill Clinton, but given that the Big Dog left office with the highest approval ratings in a generation, that wouldn’t help. They could have gone with a JFK analogy, but that’s counterproductive, too. After ruling out other Democratic presidents like FDR, LBJ, Truman, and Wilson, McCain had a choice between Grover Cleveland and Carter. I suppose the latter has greater political significance right now." Of course, the latter is also extremely popular and is functioning as an elder statesman on the international stage in a capacity that is not only unique, he's one of the few things the rest of the world doesn't hate about America right now, and no matter what the slavering, jingoistic, neocon fuckheads think, we are merely 300 million on a planet of six billion. The other 5.7 billion inhabitants of this planet are entitled to an opinion, and pretty soon will figure out we can't wish 'em all into the cornfield.
When Richard Cohen writes a column that doesn't make me want to burn him in effigy, it's worth noting in his column today he points out that the microindustry in Hillary Clinton hatred saw the bottom drop out over night with her classy withdrawal speech on Saturday.