It might be time to give this kind of coverage a rest. While providing a close examination of elections is a good thing for democracy, trying to fit each contest into a dramatic tale does not strengthen our understanding of the issues shaping the nation. Rather, it produces a skewed interpretation that doesn't necessarily fit the facts.
The obsession with the horse race also takes attention away from other aspects of politics -- such as public policy concerns and long-term demographic changes -- that lack the same drama but might have much more to tell us about where the nation is headed.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
at 10:18 PM |
Then is becoming really bizarre and sickening. The politicians are flip-flopping all over the place over this phony controversy. Both parties are acting irresponsibly:
Republican congressional candidate Richard Hanna reversed himself Monday on the planned Lower Manhattan mosque, saying he opposed the project one week after he’d said he supported it.
Hanna’s new position came hours after U.S. Rep. Michael Arcuri, D-Utica, said he doesn’t believe the mosque should be built two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
at 9:26 PM |
Israel Has Until Week's End to Strike Iran Nuclear Facility, Bolton Says
- If a world war breaksout it will be Israeli recklessness that precipitate it. The scenario: Israel kills Russians or Chinese citizens, accidentally. Which leads to retaliation. Then the U.S. comes to Israel's assistance.
Stewart ('The Daily Show') puts this whole issue in perspective in a way only he and this show can do. No other commentator is more effective in putting to shame those who oppose the mosque.
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at 10:06 AM |
The World Bank said Tuesday it will redirect $900 million of its existing loans to Pakistan to help in flood recovery, as the U.N. warned that many of the 20 million people affected by the disaster have yet to receive any emergency aid.
at 8:14 AM |
"The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam," Bush said at the Islamic Center of Washington in a speech that set the tenor for when he later sent U.S. troops to fight on Muslim soil in Afghanistan and later Iraq. "That's not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don't represent peace. They represent evil and war."
He went on to say, in words that Democrats who disagreed with Bush on nearly every issue now recall fondly, that despite raw emotions, millions of American Muslims "need to be treated with respect. In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect."
at 8:12 AM |