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Here’s the real pig in the US campaign for President

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Josh Marshall has gained many kudos for the quality of his political reporting in the US. Under the heading “Unfit for Office”, he writes the following pithy point:

But what is already apparent is that John McCain is running the sleaziest, most dishonest and race-baiting campaign of our lifetimes. So let’s stopped being shocked and awed by every new example of it. It is undignified. What can we do? We’ve got a dangerously reckless contender for the presidency and a vice presidential candidate who distinguished her self by abuse of office even on the comparatively small political stage of Alaska. They’ve both embraced a level of dishonesty that disqualifies them for high office. Democrats owe it to the country to make clear who these people are. No apologies or excuses. If Democrats can say at the end of this campaign that they made clear exactly how and why these two are unfit for high office they can be satisfied they served their country.

What I find especially shocking is that when he is being questioned one on one he can appear so mild mannered and deeply interested in “what is best for the country” and “serving his country”. I wonder how he squares his sleazy and racist campaign with lots of lofty words and wishes.

I just found this brief piece from Joe Klein of Time Mag which fits right in with Josh Marshall’s complaint about “sleazy, race baiting” et al.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/09/12 at 14:43

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