Knowing Nothing in Life But to Be Legit

Matt Lewis
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Posted: Mar 26, 2008 8:30 AM
Today's NY Times features a couple of op-eds I found of interest ...

Neil Gabler writes about John McCain and the media ...

... Mr. McCain’s joviality and seeming honesty with the press in 2000 constituted a very effective scheme indeed, until it came time to woo actual Republican voters. As Time’s Jay Carney once put it, “You get the sense you’re being manipulated by candor, rather than manipulated by subterfuge and deception, but it is a strategy.”
If McCain is seducing the media with candor and authenticity, one wonders why nobody before him has been able to execute this strategy so effectively ...

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As Ryan Lizza described it last month in The New Yorker, a typical campaign day has Mr. McCain rumbling from one stop to another on his bus, the Straight Talk Express, sitting in the rear on a horseshoe-shaped leather couch surrounded by reporters and talking “until the room is filled with the awkward silence of journalists with no more questions.”
Having ridden aboard the Straight Talk Express with McCain, this account rings very true.

Meanwhile, Maureen Dowd notes that the Clintons have begun floating the idea of Hillary as VP, and compares their message to Hollywood:

It’s one of my favorite movie formulas, driving the dynamics in such classics as “A Few Good Men,” “The Big Easy” and “Guys and Dolls”: Charming, glib guy spars and quarrels with no-nonsense, driven girl, until they team up in the last reel. He spices up her life, and she stiffens his spine. And soon they hear the pitter-patter of little superdelegate feet, who are thrilled not to be pulled in two directions anymore.

Note:  If Obama does bring her into his campaign, I only ask that he doesn't utter the words, "you complete me" ...