Meanwhile, on another planet, Andrew Sullivan writes:
Whatever is to come in the Palin story, the fundamental truth that will remain true is that John McCain made this vital decision in such a reckless, cursory, cynical way that his candidacy really should be over. .... If this race isn't over, it should be.This is the latest in a series of Sullivan's anti-Palin screeds, which have included two different appeals to investigate Sarah Palin's obstetrician. Tasteful.
Talking Points Memo, meanwhile, writes:
On the stump, not a single word that comes out of her mouth -- or not a single word that the McCain folks put in her mouth -- is anything but a lie.Not a single word, eh? Within days of Palin's nomination, TPM ran a graphic showing a train derailing with Palin's head photoshopped onto the train.
These two relentlessly trash the other side in ridiculous terms. There's no subtlety any more, there's no acknowledgment of reality, there's just anti-Palin hyperbole. As the polling indicates, though, Palin's been a successful pick for McCain.
It's like we've gone through some bizarre wingnut mirror, and the ridiculousness of the right during the 90s has been appropriated by the left. In the 90's, wingnuts would write about Clinton as if he were Satan incarnate, while the public's approval of the guy showed how out of touch with reality they really are. Reading these two blogs, you'd think that every move an Obama opponent makes is a catastrophic blunder indicative of insanity, racism, or profound incompetence.