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Opening Arguments

The medium and the message

Thank God John McCain is running so that I have an old, white guy to vote for:

Four years ago, my college roommates and I saw Hillary Clinton speak. It was in Boston during the Democratic National Convention, and the four of us—all in our early 20s—swore that if she ever ran for president, we'd quit our jobs and work for her campaign. Speaking to an audience of all women, the former First Lady was poised but at ease, confident but lighthearted. She looked comfortable in front of all those women. Her strength was riveting. How quickly things change. Today, I'm a journalist (and no, I didn't quit my job to work for the Clinton campaign), Hillary is no longer the candidate of inspiration and each of those college friends—like nearly every other young person I know—has been sold on the Obama rock-star brand. Yet while the fear of betraying the "universal sisterhood" doesn't have the same impact for twentysomething women as it does for our second-wave feminist mothers, we remain conflicted about the candidate so many love to hate.

Ah, betraying the universal sisterhood.  Those who like big government have, this time around, unified around their message. Because each of their two messengers preach the same message,  their followers can worry about more esoteric things, such as whether having the first female candidate or the first African-American one is the better historic precedent.  Change, right. Those of us who don't like big government are stuck with Mr. McCain, who does not always stay on message. The fact that he looks like me is not exactly a comfort.


Harl Delos
Mon, 03/10/2008 - 10:23am

John McCain does NOT look like you. His face is round, puffy, and severely scarred.

OK, so scars aren't the worst thing in the world, and John came by some of his scars honestly. Even heroically. And facial disfigurement doesn't necessarily make you ugly. If he loses, maybe he can get a job modeling clothes. Think of the Hathaway Shirts guy, with the eyepatch. That's gotta be better than going on TV and telling every woman in the world that you can't get it up.

In any case, you and I have the sense to hide part of our faces behind a beard. I'd wear a full face mask, if cashiers would stop shrieking and giving me money....

A J Bogle
Mon, 03/10/2008 - 3:29pm

Ha, I love hearing you righties whine about big govt.

The biggest government increases in recent history all came during republican administrations.

The problem is not so much big govt as it is bad govt, as espoused by cronyism and incompetence that have marked the current administration

Dems don't make a secret that they may increase govt or raise taxes, republicans lie about reducing govt to get your vote, and then increase it anyway

tim zank
Mon, 03/10/2008 - 7:03pm

Sweet Jesus AJ, for one 6 year period of time out of around 230 years, a congress controlled by republicans let the American people down by spending waaaaay too much money and they paid for it in the 2006 elections.

The democrats have been burying all of us financially and socially with entitlement programs since the new deal. They have virtually "bought" all of their power by providing a government teet from birth to death. They made an institution out of welfare, virtually invented the concept of retirement (social security) and effectively changed us from a nation of proud responsible hardworking people into a hodge-podge of lazy, whining, sue-happy, "the world owes me a living" misfits.

Todays democrats aren't really democrats, they're socialists plain and simple.