It's getting to that point in the campaign when more than everything that needed to be said has been said. Rhetorical exaggerations being judged insufficient, straight out lies now fill the airwaves. Did you know that John Kerry led a platoon of Vietcong out of Cambodia in a bloody attack on a Marine base in Da Nang? Did you know that George Bush blew up a squad of Texas Air National Guard planes during his only day on the job? And, of course, both candidates are rumored to have had babies by their black slave mistresses.
It's so nuts out there that pundits are completely ignoring the campaign and are turning on each other. Comedy Central's fake news division led by "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart is in a tag team match with CNN's fake debate division led by Tucker Carlson, Paul Begala, Bob Novak and James Carville. Comedy Central was accused of not being funny, and CNN was accused of not being newsy. Those may be the only totally accurate charges of this entire election season.
Meanwhile, the science of random sample polling is proving to be as reliable as the science of astrology. Bush is either coasting to a big popular vote landslide because Mars is rising in the path of Venus, or he doesn't stand a chance because Uranus is in Pluto (or is it in a sling?). And that is in the same company's polls from week to week. My best guess is that the pollsters, not the public, keep changing their mind. These polls are being weighted more than a fat man at an obesity clinic.
Media bias has turned into media caricature. CNN anchorettes call an eight-point Bush lead in the polls a "statistical dead heat," pointing out the ominous internal data for Bush that he is only breaking even with the suburban crackhead and pimp demographics (which Wendel Wilkie carried by more than 2-1 in 1940), while losing the Anyone But Bush demographic by an astounding 7-1.
Fox News, reporting the same poll, observed that Bush is so strong on the terrorism issue that he is actually winning 1 out of 7 anti-Bush votes -- although that is a definitional impossibility.
Even more amazing, Kerry is carrying a full 45 percent of the anti-Kerry votes. But that is something of a statistical fluke, as all the pollsters have agreed that there are no pro-Kerry voters in the country. This election is simply breaking along the line that divides the voters who don't like Kerry from those who really, really don't like him.
Blankley, who had been suffering from stomach cancer, died Saturday night at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, his wife, Lynda Davis, said Sunday.
In his long career as a political operative and pundit, his most visible role was as a spokesman for and adviser to Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. Gingrich became House Speaker when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 1994 midterm elections.