again, you have to ask yourself whom it was that saw Clinton as the spawn of Satan. In the end, they tamed him quite nicely. Just follow the money. The DLC has filled the ranks of this Presidential race. The game is already up. Despite Bush there will be no populist backlash. But the RW will gnash their teeth about socialism and secularism nonetheless. It sells books and ads.
For many GOP activists the most important things are what kind of judges get appointed. They'll oppose any Democrat will relatively equal fervor.
Hillary is acceptable, however, to a narrower group of people that are more concerned with free trade, an expansive military and forward leaning basing posture, the continued privatization of government work, and a basically pro-business deregulatory Democratic Party. Murdoch fits in this group. Hillary is perfectly fine with him.
This isn't surprising to me. Here is how I put it yesterday.
If the top of the Democratic Party really was in touch with the bottom of the Democratic Party there is no way in a hundred years that Hillary Clinton would celebrate the 10th anniversary of FOX News and accept cash from Murdoch. There is no way that Harry Reid would choose FOX News to carry the Nevada debate. Prior experience should show them that FOX News doesn't give Democrats a fair shake....
...Reid, Hillary, and Murdoch probably all 'respect' each other and see each other as 'peers'. And that might be fine and understandable, seeing as they are all wealthy, successful, and powerful people. Nothing wrong with that. Except Murdoch runs a media empire that is ostensibly out to destroy Hillary and Reid, take away their power, and relegate them to the dustpin of history. Sorry...I'm not buying it. What we have here is as obvious as the disconnect between the family values trumpeted in FOX shows like The Simpsons and The Family Guy and the values espoused by loudmouths Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly. It's a bait and switch.
So...don't get me wrong...if we actually succeed in getting Nevada to drop FOX News from the debate it would be a huge move in the correct direction. It would be fantastic. It's worth trying...I guess. But sometimes it's better to choose your battles a little more carefully. If we get the higher echelons of the Democratic Party to suddenly declare FOX News a worthless propaganda outfit and to shun it...well...then I guess I've totally misjudged the state of American politics.
As far as I can see, when we get up to Reid and Hillary, the distance between the parties is about as broad as the distance on the couch between James Carville and Mary Matalin.
I have a quibble with this. The criticism of the Church or Vatican was indeed that their positions on both abortion and contraception are motivated by self-interest. But that doesn't mean that individual Catholics have the same motivation for opposing those anti-natal policies.
You can't transfer cynicism about the Pope to cynicism about all Catholics.
If Catholics are offended at the suggestion that the Vatican sets its policies with an eye toward swelling their ranks, that's understandable. But it is not the same thing as suggesting that every Catholic thinks that way.
If the accusation is directly insulting to the rank and file it is in suggesting that they are unwitting.