I've been waiting to comment on Tim Dickinson's hit piece on McCain in Rolling Stone, "Make-Believe Maverick," until I had a chance to read it through and see whether it provided anything new or was rather a useful rehash of what those of us who have been paying attention to the details of McCain's career knew all along.
My conclusion is that the story does not provide many new revelations, and is mostly based on secondary sources and a handful of new interviews. But while it is a rehash, it is a very useful portrait of the real McCain, and one that Obama supporters could use to good effect in convincing their McCain-supporting or undecided friends to join the good fight. The article makes it crystal clear that McCain is a total opportunist, despite his undeserved reputation for honesty and "straight talk," and it provides enough examples of the man's legendary temper to make all but the most rabid warhawks think twice about letting this guy anywhere near the nuclear trigger (or anywhere near a meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.)
Meanwhile, I don't have to tell many readers of this blog that McCain is veering close to a total meltdown. At the debate next Wednesday, I think Obama should call him out on the Bill Ayers attacks and the other lying ads McCain's campaign has been putting out. McCain is clearly on the defensive, and is paying a high price for waging a nasty campaign--as those videos of his confused reaction to a supporter calling Obama an "Arab" clearly show (see below.)
Oh, and Sarah Palin can discount the findings of the Alaska legislative investigation that she abused her power all she wants, it doesn't help the fact that this is another setback in a campaign that is already set back, way back.
Death to fascists: It will not be often that this blog celebrates the death of a human being, but there is cause to celebrate the fatal car accident that took the life of Austrian right-wing demagogue Jörg Haider. Haider was a major figure in the pantheon of latter-day fascists that includes France's Jean-Marie Le Pen. For more on his career, the Anti-Defamation League has a good summary.