Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Cynical about Cheney

Cynical about Cheney

"My general view is that freedom means freedom for everyone. People ought to be free to enter into any kind of relationship they want," Cheney said in response to a question at a campaign "town hall" meeting in Davenport, Iowa.

I smell something in this. This feels like a deliberate positioning, image-softening move. It takes the heat off Cheney for the obvious hypocrisy of supporting policy that discriminates against his own daughter. (Plus it's a catchier headline that Halliburton.)

And it's totally content-free as we see a few paragraphs down:

"But the president makes basic policy for the administration. And he's made it clear that he does in fact support a constitutional amendment on this issue..."

This is Kinder Gentler GOP stuff, the same impulse that puts Giuliani and AHnold on TV in prime time instead of Trent Lott, and it has nothing to do with the REAL Republican Party.

Cynical? ME?!?

Also: Without me even peeking I hit the same note late last night that two premier pundits did today:

  • Larry Sabato: "For only the second time in our nation's history, the bitterness of a bloody, lost war will shadow national politics until generational replacement has removed all the brave soldiers who experienced the event first-hand..."
  • David Broder: "The United States is at war. It is threatened with terrorist attacks. The economy is under stress. And the presidential campaign has been usurped -- by what? An argument among aging boomers about who did what in Vietnam and in the protests against that war..."

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