As far as choice of sources for link posting, I would have to agree with you, Jim. Daily KOS, Huffington Post, Right-Wing News: none of these sites EVER give you the balanced story. All stories are told from the same decided slant without regard to the ‘other side of the coin.’ Nope, never gets flipped, at least from what I see, and I usually am on one of these sites daily. Maybe I’m just weird, but I get almost as much joy reading the flippant responses on these sites as I do in a logical debate. If you want to mount a good defense, you have to know what your enemy thinks. A lot of it is just youthful opposition, but most of it is pretty mean-spirited ad hominem blog posts meant to please the choir.
Oh, I HAVE to mention the tremendous repartee that occurred between my anti-hero, Barney Frank, and self-professed hero, Bill O’Reilly. You don’t have to love or hate either of them to enjoy this swashbuckling in your face
interview. I, for one, was glad to see Barney get it, for exactly the reasons described in an earlier post: about he is a coward and refused to atone for his stupidity while still blaming the Repub’s. They have enough troubles on their own, Barn-Dog, without your lies and lack of commiseration falsely adding to them. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,432173,00.html.
As far as the Keating Five scenario went down, there are moral laws and criminal laws. McCain broke moral laws, admitted to them, and started to understand the necessity for passing laws to limit lobbyist influence. I don’t have a problem with a politician who owns up to his mistake then tries to atone for it later with a correct action bill. Most political people don’t even bring up the K-5 anymore since McCain/Feingold Act was a direct result of politicians fighting the old boys club in order to do something right for the general public. He was censured for it. As was Joe Biden for his multiple plagiarisms. And JB also said he was wrong and sorry. Bully for both of them. To be honest, I’ve come sooooo close to running for public office on two different occasions, but my own past demons/skeletons are not ‘clean enough’ to run. I dare say most of us would probably get wet under that umbrella. We’ve made it our own to say that politicians have to be squeaky clean any more, unless of course, you have the media’s arm around your shoulder.