It's inevitable. If you watch what passes for TV news these days, you'll inevitably feel like throwing your set out the window. This morning, I first had to listen to Evan Thomas of Newsweek on the Imus Show. Thomas said Kerry had overplayed his service record and accused him of scratching himself to gain a Purple Heart. Basically, what he did was defend the Swift boat vets who are attacking Kerry. Thomas was one of the many mainstream journalists who did a hatchet job on Gore during the 2000 election. Amazingly, he is using the exact same script on Kerry: rich kid with no friends who spends his life trying to prove himself to his father. It's amazing. Read some back issues of www.thedailyhowler.com for more on this topic.
Then, I got treated to Matt Lauer on the Today Show telling me about killer helicopters and limos. It made me think of the poison pens and other diabolical weapons Al Quaeda was planning to use. Watch "Farenheit 9-11" or "Outfoxed" for a good laugh on this topic. Of course, they didn't talk about this (from the AP):
"The effort by U.S. officials to justify raising the terror alert level last week may have shut down an important source of information that has already led to a series of al Qaeda arrests, Pakistani intelligence sources say. Until U.S. officials leaked the arrest of Muhammad Naeem Noor Khan to reporters, Pakistan had been using him in a sting operation to track down al Qaeda operatives around the world, the sources said."
Way to go, guys.
Lastly, I heard pundit Jeff Greenfield on CNN blasting Kerry on a few fronts. The best was that he hasn't gone in front of a hostile audience yet, the way Bush did when he went in front of the UNITY journalists group last week. I almost fell off my chair. Has there ever been a more protected and coddled president than Bush?
Yesterday, I did hear something from a conservative commentator that made me think. David Brooks of the NY Times dismissed the idea that the Administration would ever use the terror alert system to manipulate the public. That's not what made me think.
He said that people on the left think every single thing the Administration does is for political reasons. I admit, I'm one of those people. The problem is, I can't think of much the Administration has done that hasn't been for political effect.
I am also somewhat conspiratorial. Will Bin Laden be captured right before the election? Will people really be allowed to vote? What the hell is going on with those electronic voting machines? Then I step back for a minute.
They might be able to steal Florida again, but you know what? I don't think it' s going to matter. I feel like Bush is going to get steamrolled just like his old man. That is, unless something huge happens right before the election like Bin Laden's capture.
Back to Conspiracy Theory 101.