The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
DEWDROPs say No more Mr Nice Guy. (It says here...)
All politics are crooked . Whatever the location, the era, the system of government, the rule holds. Some corruption will be criminalised, some morally stigmatised, still more accepted as according to Hoyle.
And, as they say, everything's bigger in America. The roll call of corruption is so long that even a kibitzer can pick up a litany: Crédit Mobilier, the Tweed Ring , Teapot Dome - various political machines (mostly Democratic ), some of which were a key element in Franklin Roosevelt's national machine .
But wishful thinking supposes that it is possible to do politics by the Marquess of Queensbury's rules . And the delusion is compounded by Gunnar Myrdal's American Dilemma - the particular propensity of Americans to make grandiose political statements that no one is expected to take literally, if at all:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equalbeing only the most notable example .
And, currently, liberals measure their moral comfort zone by their distance from the practices of that Modern Machiavelli, Tom DeLay. They would put nothing past him . By comparison, they are choirboys. A comparison which damns DeLay, but gives them a whole lot of room for manoeuvre.
Now, Kos and the (some, at least) Kossacks have apparently decided to get down in the gutter with the GOP - starting with some dirt on the GOP candidate for NY-29, one John Kuhl .
Is this wise? Rove, DeLay and Co are clearly not held back by their own Jiminy Crickets from unloading the slurry cart on their opponents. It's perceptions of likely voter reaction that would be the main limiting factor, I'm thinking.
And, if the Dems are perceived as having escalated the war, voters might well think that justified a compensating escalation on the GOP side (even if the GOP is already much higher up the ladder.)
Plus Dem escalation might make weaker GOP brethren more sanguine about dishing Dem dirt.
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