Thursday, July 15, 2004

Germond on Politics  One of my favorite liberal pundits has always been Jack Germond.  He has a new book out called Fat Man Fed Up: How American Politics Went Bad.  Germond opens the book with the following quote from Adlai Stevenson
 

In America anybody can become president.  That's just one of the risks you take.

 
In light of the current administration, I think Stevenson was a genius.
 
I also appreciated Germond's thoughts on why conservatives dominate  forums like talk radio:
 

It isn't difficult to see why conservatives dominate the talk shows and the little magazines-it's called moral certitude.  They are so sure not only that they are right but that their opponents are wrong and, in many cases, morally corrupt.  For some reason lost on me, the rise of conservatism has come hand in hand with an increase in the number of journalists who have gone public with their religious fundamentalism.  (P. 48)

 
And later:
 

On the other hand, liberals by definition seem less positive abou the rightness of their positions.  Their ethic includes tolerance of other views, something that does not burden the Limbaughs or Snatorums of the world.  (P. 48)

 
Exactly right.