Sunday, October 26, 2008

Broder: Save the Endangered Rising GOP Stars!


[GOP Sen. John Sununu] has a fan club on both sides of the aisle and is talked about in Republican circles as a potential presidential candidate.

The youngest member of the Senate has found himself running for reelection in one of the toughest years that Republicans have faced since 1974 -- when Democrats elected their big class of "Watergate babies."

His timetable is in serious jeopardy.

All together, now: Awwwwwwwwwww.

Sununu, like McCain, has struggled to convince voters that while he voted 90 percent of the time for Bush policies, he really is independent. He cites his opposition to an early Bush energy bill and his successful fight to add civil liberties protections to the Patriot Act.

It's a bit harder than it used to be a party-line man in Washington, then pass yourself off back home as an independent on the basis of a handful of votes. Maybe he should have just not voted with Bush 90% of the time.


Mr Bill said...

If only it was harder to be a Republican hack and not pass yerself off as a pundit...

MR Bill said...

OMG, I finally looked at my WaPo 'MyPost' page, and they archive comments...
Back when R. Cohen was sayin' that we should 'leave the lights out' on Scooter Libby's treason, a commenter (cashmere1)asked 'why do you read the WaPo if you are so critical of it?' My reply:
"Compare Mr. Cohen " is best to keep the light off." with Justice Brandeis: "“Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.”
--Justice Louis Brandeis, Other People’s Money, and How the Bankers Use It, 1933.

“Those who won our independence by revolution were not cowards. They did not fear political change. They did not exalt order at the cost of liberty. If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence....

“Order cannot be secured merely through fear of punishment for its infraction. The path of safety lies in the opportunity to discuss freely supposed grievances and proposed remedies; and the fitting remedy for evil counsel is good ones.”
--Justice Louis Brandeis, Whitney v. California, 1927 (concurring opinion)

“Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law.”
--Justice Louis Brandeis, Olmstead v. United States, 1928
cashmere1, I will continue to read some of the Posts Columnists (Bloggers Dan Froomkin and William Arkin)because they to the real journalistic work of "shining the light" on the powerful.
And I'll read Dr. Krauthammer and Mr. Cohen for their comedy styings, such as Dr. Krauthammer's diagnosis of dementia in those appalled by the Bush administration, and Mr. Cohen's apparent pride at not learning Algebra.
Seriously, I read the live chats to get the occasional glimpse of reality, such as Gwen Ifill's loathing of Al Gore, or Howie Kurtz flip equation of liberal Bloggers with Right-Wing Radio.
I read it to see who are the stenographers of the Right's party line, and who think 'access' to officials means uncritically advancing mendacity and talking points at the expense of truth.
I read it to wonder who is on the take, who is bought by a culture of corruption, who is being blackmailed into being the 'house liberal' at a formerly great newspaper.
The Right and it's Media Enablers do well to fear the backlash against a compliant clique of 'pundits' who have gotten too comfortable with corruption and criminality in government."

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