The Daily Sandwich

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

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

BAILOUT! The Musical

This is a must-see link. I was just wondering this morning how the 80s S&L scandal compared to the current corporate welfare debacle, and wouldn't you know... this administration's "economic stewardship" is once again Reaganism on steroids.

Blogs have started to grumble about the dearth of coverage on McCain's long and pathetic career as a champion of the deregulation that led to both crises, although the press is at least getting fed up with the campaign's most egregious lies on the issue, like campaign manager Rick Davis being on the payroll of Freddie Mac, etc., etc. But "Keating Five," despite its very great relevance to the current campaign, isn't appearing anywhere outside progressive blog-dom.

The press seems to have had its fill of being used as a GOP propaganda tool when it comes to Palin as well, given the no-words-allowed UN meeting. But I doubt that will translate to calling a spade a spade when it comes to McCain's wholesale adoption of BushCo's Potemkin Village campaign events.

The list of conservative talking heads who are (finally!) fed up with their party's race to the bottom keeps growing as well, but I don't think that's going to accomplish a whole lot after thirty years of talk-radio style sloganeering.

Which, incidentally, hasn't stopped. In fact, as wingers get more desperate, they're finally starting to stoke racial fears. Just one more thing to look forward to in the coming weeks. I don't know what role race will ultimately play in the national vote (I suspect younger voters won't care, but older voters will find it harder to go with Obama-- kinda like the gay marriage issue), but with the press and conservative pundits discovering that they could possibly be vertebrates, maybe we'll see some backlash on this front as well. That would be a welcome first.

As it (incredibly, stupefyingly) is, McCain still seems to have the electoral edge. I'm still none too optimistic about the final outcome, either.