January 23, 2008

Top Five

A quick rundown of the posts I have read during my travels around the series of tubes.

- The American Prospect: If you are running a campaign like the Republicans, then you are going to govern like the Republicans.
Three weeks ago, I wrote that Clinton was working to make voters uneasy, utilizing just enough fear to encourage them to stick with the known quantity in the race. But in the time since, her campaign has begun to appear more and more as though it's being run by Karl Rove or Lee Atwater. Pick your tired metaphor -- take-no-prisoners, brass knuckles, no-holds-barred, playing for keeps -- however you describe it, the Clinton campaign is not only not going easy on Obama, they're doing so in awfully familiar ways. So many of the ingredients of a typical GOP campaign are there, in addition to fear. We have the efforts to make it harder for the opponent’s voters to get to the polls (the Nevada lawsuit seeking to shut down at-large caucus sites in Las Vegas, to which the Clinton campaign gave its tacit support). We have, depending on how you interpret the events of the last couple of weeks, the exploitation of racial divisions and suspicions (including multiple Clinton surrogates criticizing Obama for his admitted teenage drug use). And most of all, we have an utterly shameless dishonesty.
- Think Progress: Why does Chris Matthews of MSNBC still have a job?

- Talking Points Memo: Lies, Lies and more lies.
The Bush Administration's 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq are finally cataloged.
- Election Central: Oh second thought, Florida is not really that important to Rudy ’08.

- The Fan House: Life is good when you are Shaquille O'Neal, really good.


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