E.J. Dionne, doing his best Keith Olberman on the editorial pages of the Washington Post:
The campaign is a blur of flying pieces of junk, lipstick and gutter-style attacks. John McCain's deceptions about Barack Obama's views and Sarah Palin's flip-flopping suggest an unedifying scuffle over a city council seat.
The media bear a heavy responsibility because "balance" does not require giving equal time to truth and lies. So does McCain, who is running a disgraceful, dishonorable campaign of distraction and diversion.
Gee, E.J., tell us how you really feel ! I love it when you guys come busting so flamboyantly out of the closet:
John Roberts interviewing Paul Begala on CNN just now slipped and said "we" when asking how Democrats should respond to Republican attacks.
Tell us something we don't know, John. All this, meanwhile, while the WaPo was running a front-page story on Cindy McCain's past drug problems. Slogging thru the mud, indeed...
Meanwhile - speaking of truth and lies and dishonorable - Obama put out a new ad today mocking John McCain's admission that he does not use a computer:
Let's see how long that stays up. 'Cause there is certainly no dishonor in mocking a man who, due to torture at the hands of American's enemies, cannot type:
McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes. Friends marvel at McCain's encyclopedic knowledge of sports. He's an avid fan - Ted Williams is his hero - but he can't raise his arm above his shoulder to throw a baseball.
Same link -even back in 2000, even the lefties at Salon were smarter enough to know:
"Six months ago, no one would have pegged McCain as the most cybersavvy of this year's crop of candidates. At 63, he is the oldest of the bunch and because of his war injuries, he is limited in his ability to wield a keyboard."
Nice, Baracky. Hey, you and your media buddies just stay classy, OK?
Update: Ace'd in a post entitled:
"Obama: Ha, Ha, McCain Is Old, He Can't Use a Computer
North Vietnamese Captors: Yeah, Ha Ha, We Did That to Him; Pretty Good Gag, Eh?"
In certain ways, McCain was a natural Web candidate . Chairman of the Senate Telecommunications Subcommittee and regarded as the U.S. Senate's savviest technologist, McCain is an inveterate devotee of email. His nightly ritual is to read his email together with his wife, Cindy. The injuries he incurred as a Vietnam POW make it painful for McCain to type. Instead, he dictates responses that his wife types on a laptop. "She's a whiz on the keyboard, and I'm so laborious," McCain admits.
Nice story; seeing how his infirmary has been turned into an opportunity for Cindy and John McCain to engage each other nightly and keep their marriage strong. Nice way it has been treated by the Obama camp, too. Remember this, when E.J. Dionne is lecturing you on who is "dishonorable".