Archive: May, 2008
I've seen a lot of sad things in American politics in my lifetime -- the resignation of a president who became a national disgrace after he oversaw a campaign of break-ins and cover-ups, another who circumvented the Constitution to trade arms for hostages, and yet is now hailed as national hero. And those paled to what we have seen in the last seven years -- flagrant disregard for the Constitution, the launching of a "pre-emptive" war on false pretenses, and discussions about torture and other shocking abuses inside the White House inner sanctum.
But now it's come to this: A new low that I never imagined was even possible.
In pro football's scandal known as "Spygate," yesterday's effort by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to put the matter to rest was a bit like the North Carolina primary. And Pennsylvania's senior senator, Arlen Specter, is playing the role of Hillary Clinton, pressing the case beyond any common sense or logic:
As a journalist who cut his professional teeth in the post-Watergate '70s, I love a conspiracy. I'd love to believe the NFL is hiding something, and I'd love to find out what it is. But I don't see it. And, frankly, I'm not sure Arlen Specter sees it either.
Pat Buchanan channeled his inner Attytood right-wing commenter on MSNBC's "Hardball" tonight:
What were the African-American community in Philadelphia that gave him 90% voting on if not the fact that Barack Obama was one of them. West Virginia, Hillary, was one of us. That's the same thing. But West Virginia gets trashed, and Philadelphia is wonderful.
Them? Us? Anyone want to take down Mr. Buchanan here -- I'm too tired tonight. You can watch the video below:
John Edwards endorses Obama, probably to annoy the heck out of the 7 percent of West Virginia Democrats who voted for him yesterday. I can't help but suspect that Edwards won't be attorney general in the new administration, or at least chief judge at the war crimes tribunal.
Speaking of the election in West Virginia, the topic of race and the way these issues have been covered in the media, here's a great piece from Columbia Journalism Review on the what has become "para-racist" issues in the campaign:
David Broder, the so-called "dean" of Washington journalism, takes the buyout.
Still waiting for him to respond to this.
I guess this means the Curse of Billy Penn won't be retroactively undone for 2005.
This just boggles the mind:
The U.S. government has injected hundreds of foreigners it has deported with dangerous psychotropic drugs against their will to keep them sedated during the trip back to their home country, according to medical records, internal documents and interviews with people who have been drugged.
I swear I've already seen this show on the air....
Fox's newest reality experiment is a modern-day twist on "The Prince and the Pauper."
The network is set to announce "Secret Millionaire," a new series from RDF USA in which wealthy benefactors go undercover in impoverished neighborhoods. For about 10 days, a multimillionaire meets financially destitute locals and experiences what it's like to live on a meager budget for the first time in their lives. At the show's conclusion, the millionaire reveals his true identity to the community and gives a minimum of $100,000 of his own money to at least one deserving person.