Saturday, April 19, 2008
He admits it:
First, Glenn Greenwald (April 1
): (emp add)
The central paradox of our political life is that the right-wing faction that continues to dominate our political institutions and win elections embraces fringe beliefs which have little popular support. That's why their overarching objective is to remove substantive considerations from our political debates -- the more consequential the issue, the less establishment media attention it receives, the less real public debate there is over it. Instead, our elections are determined by the barren, petty personality-based distractions and mindless chatter that define the lowly Drudgian Freak Show, where our political life now almost exclusively resides.
George Stephanopoulos (after the Philadelphia debate, in report by Calderone of politico.com
... asked whether questions about flag pins or Bosnia are actually relevant to voters, he replied: “Absolutely.”
“The vote for the president,” Stephanopoulos said, “is one of the most personal” decisions that someone makes.
our elections are determined by the barren, petty personality-based distractions
And whose fault is that, exactly? Who exactly is it that continues to cast votes based on barren, petty, personality-based distractions?
Yes, that's right.
Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads? ... Who are these swine? These flag-sucking half-wits who get fleeced and fooled by stupid little rich kids like George Bush? ... They speak for all that is cruel and stupid and vicious in the American character. They are racists and hate mongers among us -- they are the Ku Klux Klan. ... Fuck them.
- Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear, 2003
It all makes me bitter.
Beware of overbearing Greeks. Both George and Charlie want to be like Timmy and Chris. Now there's a quartet singing out of key.