Also on the downside, as the contest has dragged on, Clinton and Obama have been pandering in overdrive. In the recent ABC debate, both Democrats said they would pull U.S. troops out of Iraq -- even if generals on the ground advised otherwise. (Remember when Dems used to hit President Bush for not heeding dissenting brass?) Obama pledged not to raise taxes on workers earning below $200,000. Clinton pledged, "I am absolutely committed to not raising a single tax on middle-class Americans, people making less than $250,000 a year."
$250,000 is middle class? If a Republican had said that, the media vultures would have pounced at the out-of-touch rich guy. By definition, after all, a group that earns in the top two percent cannot be middle class. But when a Clinton says that, pundits think a Democrat is being savvy. And with the two Clintons brining home $35 mil in 2006 and 2007, it almost makes sense. Maybe this silly season has gone on too long.