The beauty of this year's campaign is that it actually has a point. In a radio interview that aired Monday on Univision, President Obama chided Latinos who sit out the election instead of saying, We re gonna punish our enemies and we re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us. Quite a uniter, urging Hispanics to exact political revenge on their enemies -- presumably, for example, the nearly 60 percent of Americans who support the new Arizona immigration law.
Democrats can call their opponents paranoid, but that won't save them in November. In an increasingly desperate attempt to develop a narrative for the coming Democratic collapse, the Democrats have indulged themselves in what for half a century they ve habitually attributed to the American Right: the paranoid style in American politics. The talk is of dark conspiracies -- secret money, foreign influence, and big corporations, with Karl Rove and, yes, Ed Gillespie lurking ominously behind the scenes. The only thing missing is the Halliburton-Cheney angle.
It is perfectly obvious that Iran s latest uranium maneuver, brokered by Brazil and Turkey, is a ruse. Iran retains more than enough enriched uranium to make a bomb. And it continues enriching at an accelerated pace and to a greater purity (20 percent). Which is why the French foreign ministry immediately declared that the trumpeted temporary shipping of some Iranian uranium to Turkey will do nothing to halt Iran s nuclear program