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Friday, August 1, 2008

A TPM poster likens Obama's constant referral to McCain as "honorable" to Mark Antony's eulogy in Julius Caesar:
Is the campaign's constant praise of McCain's honor a eliberate (sic) attempt to trigger an association? I have no idea. That would be pretty subtle. I do know, however, that once upon a time, most every kid in America was required to read this play in high school, including most of the older folks Obama has the most trouble with (to the extent that he has trouble with any demographic, that is). And it's hard to imagine that the funeral oratory from "Julius Caesar" isn't firmly tucked into the subconscious of most everyone with a pundit's gig in the MSM.

Joe Klein of Time is more literal than literary today, saying outright that he was wrong to think that McCain's a good dude:
A few months ago, I wrote that John McCain was an honorable man and he would run an honorable campaign. I was wrong. I used to think, as David Ignatius does, that McCain's true voice was humble and moderate...

Courage is grace under pressure. McCain showed it when he was a prisoner of war, and on many issues--yes, even on his stubborn insistence that the surge would work--but he is not showing it now. He is showing flop sweat. It is not a quality usually associated with successful leadership.

Greg Sargent wonders:
Is it too much to suggest that this might be something of a seminal moment, a key signal that McCain is losing the respect and benefit of the doubt of establishment opinion?

One might think.


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