Kevin Drum has moved from the Washington Monthly to Mother Jones. After showing that she is nearly illiterate when it comes to foreign policy, Kevin delves into the reasons for Sarah Palin’s nomination, he’s just as sharp as ever.
This is all part of what I was talking about the other day when I noted that McCain is running such a palpably unserious campaign. Steve Schmidt seems solely interested in winning the daily news cycle; his staff spends its time gleefully churning out juvenile attack videos; McCain himself has retreated into robotic incantations of simpleminded talking points; and now he’s chosen a manifestly unqualified VP that he knows nothing about. I’ve honestly never seen anything like it.
Kevin’s reference to the “staff gleefully churning out juvenile attack videos” reminds me of the “Brooks Brothers riot” that shut down the 2000 election recount in Florida. Its that smirky frat boy attitude of these young Republicans, who are now the brownshirts of Limbaugh/Hannity attitude that Steve Schmidt and the McCain campaign is playing to. I have experienced it here from some of the Republican trolls. Barack took this thug attitude on last night.
The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same partisan playbook. So let us agree that patriotism has no party. I love this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain. The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America – they have served the United States of America.
So I’ve got news for you, John McCain. We all put our country first.