Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The McCain-Lieberman Party (or Yoda and David Brooks)

Below is a post I wrote last year that I couldn't post while working for the White House (given the post's advocacy for a particular candidate). I had been wondering when the political consequences of a quieter Iraq would show up, and it is finally showing up with a resurgent (or at least upticking) McCain-Lieberman party. A McCain-Lieberman ticket is one I'd love to support.

"Hyper-partisans (like "net-root" democrats and delay republicans) may have started with subtle beliefs, but their beliefs led them to partisanship and their partisanship led to malice and malice made them extremist, and pretty soon they were no longer the same people."

The Dark Side turned to they did...

I concur by the way. His column today was about defending the McCain-Lieberman party against the more and more extremist democratic and republican parties. That nuance and moderation should not be swept away by emotion-driven tribalistic sunni-shite-style partisanship. I'd vote for Lieberman if I could.

David Brooks is still my favorite newspaper/magazine pundit (though Joel Stein comes close), despite the fact that his nytimes column has deteriorated a bit toward Krugman style suckage.
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