Robin Lakoff: Once upon a time, when women, African Americans, and Latinos were unable to vote, it was safe to demean and insult them to beef up the egos of those who could. That time is no more.
Randy Shaw: President Obama aspires to change the way politics is played, saying he is tired of questions masquerading as talking points, and of “tactics” substituting for the best policies. Like Dukakis, he wants the two parties to engage in national policy debates, where the best ideas prevail. Unfortunately, that’s not how politics works in the United States, and Obama’s misguided idealism is costing his base dearly.
With just two weeks to go, it’s clear that the 2008 presidential campaign is in it’s final phase: the kamikaze phase. This is the only conclusion I can reach after hearing McCain and Palin during their recent campaign stops. They are pumping up their supporters in such a negative, hateful, and fearful way that they [...]