Thursday, January 29, 2004

Spinsanity goes Spinsane with Keyshawn 

Spinsanity, a pretty good boring website, has hit the bigtime, getting a once-a-week gig at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Good for them. But they start their tenure in the City of Brotherly love with, well, a terrible column, both in style and substance. The column begins:
In recent weeks, debate about anger on the left has centered on two incidents: the now-infamous post-Iowa speech of Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean and ads posted on MoveOn.org comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler. However, while Dean's speech was undeniably emotional, he was smiling, not angry. And the MoveOn ads, while abhorrent, were produced by individual citizens and only viewed by a few hundred visitors to the organization's Web site.
Ok, this is all true. But this is the first paragraph, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the article, which is all about how the Democratic candidates for president are being too mean when attacking the President, chiding Wesley Clark and John Kerry:
"We've got a new axis of evil, and it's one our President himself created," Clark said in New Hampshire. "It's an axis of fiscal policy that threatens our future, foreign policy that threatens our security, and domestic policy that puts families dead last."
Clark's statement is similar to a call last year by fellow Democratic presidential contender Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.) for "regime change" in the United States, an ironic reference to previous U.S. policy toward Hussein's regime. Kerry has also compared Bush's administration to the Taliban, as did Dean in a joke last year.
I'm not sure about the Taliban comparisons (because I don't know what they said), but these other things seem, well, fine. It's not like Kerry advocated "regime change" by arguing that we had to take out the Bush Administration because it bullied its neighbors (remember when Canada wanted to decriminalize marijuana?) or had stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons.*

Anyway, I thought this article sucked because, well, it used the Keyshawn Johnson argument: "If Democrats got a problem with Republicans, it means they got a problem with themselves."

*George Bush actually said once, "Democracies don't make weapons of mass destruction."
also, because it's fun, John Ashcroft actually said this the other day: "I believe there is a very clear understanding that Saddam Hussein continued to pose a threat. Weapons of mass destruction, including evil chemistry and evil biology, are all matters of great concern, not only to the United States, but also to the world community.
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