The reason why the rival campaign is reduced to sending out its criticism to bloggers is because there is no named source for this information so instead of sending it to the MSM which might occasionally have some scrupples, it's better to send it to bloggers who never can resist running with something as unsubstianted as this. It's not about "getting comfortable with disagreement", it's really getting comfortable with suckers.
Do you really believe the country supports a pardon? I don't. I think most smart politicians would welcome Bush pardonning some who lied about the outing of a CIA spy and his opponent endorsing that pardon.
If you study the molecules of a glass so intently that you no longer realize its purpose are you really looking in depth? If you ask these lo-info voters what's important to them they'll tell you they want out of Iraq. If you ask them should Hillary and Barack have made gradiose speeches detailing their reasons for opposing the supplemental bill they'll tell you they want out of Iraq. In many ways I think that's a pretty in depth way of looking at it.
It's funny, you would think this suggestion would be endorsed by most Progressives who seem to enjoy arguing and fighting. Libby in jail let's the complicity of Bush fade into the background. Libby pardoned puts it front and center in the news again and shines a spotlight on the White House and the Republicans. The pardon becomes a campaign issue.
Matt, this type of thread is exactly what is wrong with this site. It takes a misreading of an article not attached to Sen. Obama and tries to slur him with it. Shame on you for your involvement.
The piece is not arguing a legal point, it is Bauer's opinion as a progressive what he feels progressives should think. It's arguing a pardon would be good for gotcha reasons. As he says:
Progressives are not so much appalled by Libby's lies as they are frustrated that this is all they have: Libby and only Libby. Left with only this, they want this small victory unspoiled. They want someone to pay.
But if the President pardons Libby, and by this act makes the case his own, he will have picked up a portion of the cost. Libby will fall back, restored to obscurity. Bush will step forward and take the lead role. He will have to explain himself; he will have to answer questions.
His different kind of politics envisions a more honest dialog between the politicians and the people, which would include people actually listening, giving people an honest and fair chance, and to not always look at people through the prism of cyncism. It would envision people actually reading through the whole thread before asking a question to see if perhaps there's something you don't know. If you had, you might have realized his clarification is exactly that, clarifying a misrepresentation of his opinion which has been unfairly circulated. You would have read what he said over a year ago:
Any strategy for reducing carbon emissions must also deal with coal, which is actually the most abundant source of energy in this country. To keep using this fossil fuel, I believe we need to invest in the kind of advanced coal technology that will keep our air cleaner while still keeping our coal mines in business. Over the next two decades, power companies are expected to build dozens of new coal-fired power plants, and countries like India and China will build hundreds. If they use obsolete technology, these plants will emit over 60 billion tons of heat-trapping pollution into the atmosphere. We need to act now and make the United States a leader in puting in place the standards and incentives that will ensure that these plants use available technology to capture carbon dioxide and dispose of it safely underground.
No one is for stopping people from having opinions. But the blogosphere has two elements, the bloggers themselves who for the most part write excellent articles, and then the people who respond. That section is like a Letters to the Editor section in a newspaper but on steroids. It is that area, the comments, where things fly by which would in a newpaper be dismissed by an editorial decision based on the paper's philosophy, as in the New York Times All the News that's FIT to print. The problem is if there isn't some active moderation, what appears are comments which are very far from fit to print.
This is all good and I support your Fair Elections Now campaign. But unfortunately the "blogosphere" as its now configured has nothing to do with fair elections or even fairness as a principle. Until the owners and moderators of these sites begin to take seriously their role as part of the media and institute some strict policies to stop the proliferation of attacks based on lies and innuendos, the blogosphere will become just another venue for "yellow journalism".
Not enough attention is being paid to the revised schedule of Primaries completely changing the impact of these two non-representative states. California will begin collecting absentee mail-in ballots before either of these states come into play. The idea that what happens in Iowa is going to seriously affect voting in the Feb. 5 Primaries of voters who have had a serious gripe about their non-involvement and are eager to finally have their vote mean something, is a scenario which I, as one of those voters, totally reject.