Franken States it Plain
I just finished reading Al Franken's excellent new book The Truth - With Jokes. I especially liked this paragraph:
This war cannot be about partisan politics. But for George W. Bush and Karl Rove and Dick Cheney, nothing but partisan politics exists. Man's genetic relationship to apes is a partisan political issue. The effect of atmospheric carbon on the Earth's absorption of heat from the sun is, to them, a partisan political issue. The likelihood of Terri Schiavo joining the Rockettes is a partisan political issue. And on this, the most solemn duty of a commander in chief, war, they still can't reach past politics and touch reality. They will not die in battle. Their children will not die in battle. Short of a Congress with a backbone, there is nothing that will shake them from the fantasy that they're winning this war. And that the only battle that requires attention is the battle of perception. As we lose the hearts and minds of Iraqis day after day, the White House's obsession remains the hearts and minds and future votes of Americans. (Page 263)
There are many people in this country who think they are clever and above it all for saying that the two parties are equally bad. Those people are wrong. The Republicans are worse. Much, much worse.
I'll be interested in reading reviews of Franken's book in conservative media outlets. My prediction is that they will spend a lot of time smearing Franken as a partisan, without actually addressing any of his arguments. They will not find any significant errors of fact, though they will probably find some nits to pick. Finally, they will spend much of their space bashing Clinton.