In Thursday’s Washington Post , David Broder said Reid is “a continuing embarrassment thanks to his amateurish performance” and “assuredly not a man who misses many opportunities to put his foot in his mouth.” Broder said the Democrats and the country deserve better.
That brings me to Rudy Giuliani, admittedly my favorite of the current crop of GOP hopefuls, who said this week what too many Republican candidates are afraid to say about the prospect of a Democrat presidential victory in 2008.
“If one of them gets elected, it sounds to me like we're going on the defense... We've got a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. We're going to wave the white flag there. We're going to try to cut back on the Patriot Act. We're going to cut back on electronic surveillance. We're going to cut back on interrogation. We're going to cut back, cut back, cut back, and we'll be back in our pre-September 11 mentality of being on defense.”
Amen. Thank you Mayor Giuliani. I wish more Republicans would come out and say the same, but know why so many won’t. They don’t want to be pounced on by Democrats and the media as Giuliani was this week for daring to state the obvious. Aren’t we pretty much past worrying about that though? We can’t even expect good economic news to be accepted by Democrats and the media as such, so we certainly should not expect anything other than the same on the subject of Iraq and the war on terror.
Speaking of economic news, last, but absolutely not least, this week we saw the reappearance of the Evil Rich. When unemployment figures are low and the Dow hits an all time high of 13,000, what are liberal Democrats and the media to do? Put the news in as negative a light as possible, of course. During the Clinton years good economic figures were always good news. Conversely, during the Bush years they are almost always bad, evidence the Evil Rich are getting richer, or at the very least the good numbers are to be taken with skepticism, just setting us up for impending economic devastation. Right on cue, ABC reported the Dow story with the following graphic, “Will Dow Hit 13,000 Today? Is Unstoppable Market Good or Bad?” and an ABC.com headline read, “Dow Hits Milestone....But It May Not Be Worth Cheering.” That was just the beginning though.
NBC pulled the Evil Rich card the following day in a Today segment titled, “Share the Wealth?: The Rich Get Richer.” Mark Finkelstein at Newsbusters quoted Matt Lauer, who reportedly makes $13 million a year, asking “Do you feel like you’re working harder and harder nowadays just to stay financially afloat while fat cats get richer and richer? It’s not just a feeling, and you’re not alone.” Also in the segment CNBC's Scott Cohn said, “Not only are the rich getting richer, they’re leaving everyone else behind. In fact the last time the rich were this much richer than everyone else . . . was the Great Depression.” Got that everyone? Rich people during the Clinton administration were evidence of prosperity and happy days. Rich people and low unemployment and a record Dow during the Bush administration is evidence that the little guy is getting the shaft. The little guy isn’t just getting shafted, but shafted big time – Depression era style.
I hit on only four topics that were in the news this week, leaving out many including Alec Baldwin’s now infamous phone message and the Democrat presidential candidates debate, which has not yet occurred as I write this. It looks like there will be no shortage of material for political observers anytime soon, and as the 2008 elections near things should only get more and more interesting.