The Good, the Bad, and the Insightful – A Daily Recap

Over the next X number of days (hopefully all of them!) I’ll be recapping the day with The Good, the Bad, and the Insightful, a feature dedicated to rooting out the good in blogging/journalism, the bad in aforementioned blogging/journalism, and something truly insightful: usually just a quote from a blogger or journalist that proves to be dead on. Without further ado…

The Good

Arianna Huffington’s post at the Huffington Post about the one option John McCain has left to win the election: the October Surprise, or a convenient national security happening that will make voters flock to the candidate with perceived foreign policy/national security experience, ergo John McCain. I couldn’t agree more with Huffington on this one (though I do disagree with her on certain issues): McCain’s lost unless we capture Bin Laden… Or, as the Times’ David Owen reports, Israel attacks Iran. A very chilling thought, a war with Iran is — as well as a McPalin presidency.

The Bad

This post by Tucker Carlson in the Daily Beast. It’s atrocious and he should, without a doubt, be left without a job.

The Insightful

As much as I hate to plug Christopher Hitchens, I have to — his article today in Slate was excellent.

Money quote:

It therefore seems to me that the Republican Party has invited not just defeat but discredit this year, and that both its nominees for the highest offices in the land should be decisively repudiated, along with any senators, congressmen, and governors who endorse them…

With McCain, the “experience” is subject to sharply diminishing returns, as is the rest of him, and with Palin the very word itself is a sick joke. One only wishes that the election could be over now and a proper and dignified verdict rendered, so as to spare democracy and civility the degradation to which they look like being subjected in the remaining days of a low, dishonest campaign.

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