Of course, Richard Cohen has been a joke for years, but today he actually uses -- get this -- The View nutcase Joy Behar to make his point.
Is he for real?
McCain has turned ugly. His dishonesty would be unacceptable in any politician, but McCain has always set his own bar higher than most. He has contempt for most of his colleagues for that very reason: They lie. He tells the truth. He internalizes the code of the McCains -- his grandfather, his father: both admirals of the shining sea. He serves his country differently, that's all -- but just as honorably. No more, though.Speaking of idiots, New York Times affirmative action columnist Bob Herbert must have been on extended rest ever since he saw phallic symbols in a McCain ad goofing on Obama, but now he's back calling McCain a radical. Keep it up, Bob. You're only helping McCain with your stupidity.
I am one of the journalists accused over the years of being in the tank for McCain. Guilty. Those doing the accusing usually attributed my feelings to McCain being accessible. This is the journalist-as-puppy school of thought: Give us a treat and we will leap into a politician's lap.
At a forum last week at Columbia University, McCain said, "But right now we have to restore trust and confidence in government." This was always the promise of John McCain, the single best reason to vote for him. America has been cheated on too many times -- the lies of Vietnam and Watergate and Iraq. So many lies. Who believes that in Afghanistan last month only five civilians were killed by the American military, instead of the approximately 90 claimed by the Afghan government? Not me. I first gave up on the military during Vietnam and then again when it covered up the death of Pat Tillman, the Army Ranger and former NFL player who was killed in 2004 by friendly fire.
McCain was going to fix all that. He was going to look the American people in the eyes and say, not me. I will not lie to you. I am John McCain, son and grandson of admirals. I tell the truth.
But Joy Behar knew better. And so McCain lied about his lying and maybe thinks that if he wins the election, he can -- as he did in South Carolina -- renounce who he was and what he did and resume his old persona. It won't work. Karl Marx got one thing right -- what he said about history repeating itself. Once is tragedy, a second time is farce. John McCain is both.
Granted, while now focusing more on McCain, the Palin silliness still hasn't completely run its course. Now comes a shocking revelation she has a tanning bed. Will the horrors ever end? Meanwhile, the alleged Troopergate scandal has now pretty much petered out. I guess the angry left will have to make up something else now that their October surprise won't be happening.