Josh Marshall optimistically (but maybe not unrealistically) tries to raise the bar for McCain and create a new media standard - McCain should be held accountable for every bit of sewage that floats by in the right wing gutter this election season.
Interesting. Ludicrous, of course, but interesting. And does that make Senator Obama responsible for every bit of left-wing kookiness that floats by? Fine, then let's ask the Senator to denounce Josh Marshall's shameless linking of John McCain with noted Nazi inspiration Richard Wagner. From Marshall:
Hopefully, everyone can now see the McCain strategy for running against Barack Obama. Yes, we have some general points on taxes, culture wars and McCain as war hero who can protect us in ways that flash-in-the-pan pretty boy Barack Obama can't.
But that's not the core. The core is to drill a handful of key adjectives into the public mind about Barack Obama: Muslim, anti-American, BLACK, terrorist, Arab. Maybe a little hustler and shifty thrown in [Shifty? Barack? Even shiftier...], but we'll have to see. The details and specific arguments are sort of beside the point. They're like the libretto in a Wagner opera, nice for some narrative structure. But it's the score that's the real essence of it, the point of the whole exercise.
McCain's campaign is a Wagner opera? I deplore the suggestion that noted conservative John McCain's campaign takes any inspiration at all from the man who wrote the soundtrack for the Third Reich. But I can not say I am surprised since there are folks on the left who still fall down laughing when they hear "Bushitler".
Let's also splash a bit of reality on Dr. Marshall for this:
Don't insult your intelligence or mine by pretending that John McCain's plan for this race doesn't rely on hundreds of Cunninghams -- large and small -- across the country, and the RNC and all the GOP third party groups, to be peddling this stuff nonstop for the next eight months because it's the only way John McCain have a real shot at contesting this race.
McCain can only win by slinging Obama's middle name? Well, then, let me insult various intelligences by citing the latest Rasmussen poll:
Wednesday, February 27, 2008With the general election campaign season coming soon, voters currently trust John McCain more than Barack Obama on issues of National Security, the War in Iraq, the Economy, and Taxes. Obama is trusted more when it comes to Reducing Government Corruption. The Republican hopeful has a slight lead over the Democratic frontrunner in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.
When all voters are asked to look ahead to the general election, Mr. McCain, the likely Republican nominee, is seen as better prepared for the presidency, better able to handle an international crisis and more equipped to serve as commander in chief than either of the Democratic candidates.
ERRATA: Marshall has an UPDATE in which he tries to pretend that he is unfamiliar with Wagner and is writing strictly about the music. Oy, vey! Dr. M sure got ignorant in a hurry, if I know more about Wagner than he does.
CLOSING THOUGHT: Since Dr. M knows nothing about Wagner's history, he may not know the famous Samuel Clemens quip - "Wagner's music is not as bad as it sounds".
REALLY CLOSING THOUGHT: Tough day to Google on "Clemens". Do include "Samuel", or go right to "Mark Twain", whose essay about Wagner not titled "Fear and Loathing in Bayreuth" is here.
I DEPLORE THIS RACIALLY CHARGED LANGUAGE: Dr. M used "shifty" as a likely attack word; isn't that troublingly close to "shiftless", which someone somewhere surely associates with a common charge against African-Americans? Or am I showing my age? [Hmm, I thought I was kidding, but apparently some lefty somewhere can be relied upon to see anything as racist.]