Monday, October 6, 2008

Keating, back with a vengeance

Is it really a good idea to advance the "McCain was framed" argument in relation to the Keating scandal, especially after McCain's confession? I realize that McCain's campaign is in full-blown assault mode these days, but if McCain were to say, "My friends, I acted inappropriately during that time. But I learned my lesson," wouldn't this be a two day story at best?

I really think there's an opportunity here for the left. McCain's campaign is mindlessly attacking what it's seeing, and if this is any indication, counterproductively. McCain's campaign is not imploding, it is exploding and going in about fifteen different (and equally terrible) directions.

The response so far from opinionmakers seems to be incredulousness that McCain's reversing himself on this apology. I agree with them. WTF is going on over there?

The Man, The Myth, The Bio

East Bay, California, United States
Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.