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"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Monday, February 26, 2007

The Bizarroworld Ticket

At this point, I'm starting to feel sorry for John McCain. But not quite. It's like watching the nerdiest guy in class make embarrassing overtures to the prom queen-- "If I serenade her again, but with a string section, she'll finally see what a great guy I am!" There's the commencement speech at Liberty University, his endless retooling of his abortion stance, and now something that's par for the course, and every bit as pathetic.

Friday at noon in Seattle, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will speak at a luncheon event being co-presented by the Discovery Institute — the controversial organization that promotes intelligent design theory and combats Darwinism.

McCain is beng hammered by a liberal group for associating with the Discovery Institute, although the luncheon is being formally hosted by the CityClub of Seattle and the Seattle World Affairs Council, with the Discovery Institute is one of nine organizations "co-presenting" the event.

While this isn't as egregious as actually speaking at a DI event, McCain has already been using Bush's language on the topic of evolution:

In 2005, he told the Arizona Star, "I think that there has to be all points of view presented. But they've got to be thoroughly presented. So to say that you can only teach one line of thinking … or one belief on how people and the world was created I think there's nothing wrong with teaching different schools of thought."

This just happens to be the exact manner in which outfits like DI try to present fundamentalism as science. Maybe there should be a McCain-Lieberman ticket, which would be the most surreal since Perot and his admiral pal. The Republican Republicans hate and the Democrat Democrats hate-- not to mention two of the most deluded men in Washington. Speaking of which, there was Lieberman's op-ed today in (what else?) the WSJ:

Joe Lieberman has an op-ed
in today's Wall Street Journal. I found this passage particularly incredible:

Will we allow our actions to be driven by the changing conditions on the ground in Iraq--or by the unchanging political and ideological positions long ago staked out in Washington?

Unchanging political and ideological positions long ago staked out in Washington? Senator Lieberman, have you no self-awareness?

The next sentence in Lieberman's op-ed is almost as detached from reality: "What ultimately matters more to us: the real fight over there, or the political fight over here?"

Of course, this is annoying because it assumed that everyone who disagrees with Lieberman is driven by partisan concerns. Nowhere in his op-ed does Lieberman consider the possibility that people could actually have a different analysis of the situation in Iraq than he does.