Saturday, July 17, 2004

Failure Is Their Only Option

Via Ezra Klein at Pandagon, there's an interestingop-ed piece by Thomas Frank in the New York Times. How much more cynical can we get when politicians start picking hot-button issues to exploit, fully knowing that they're going to fail, but in their failure will so rile up the masses that they'll win elections and get to push through the stuff that's really important to them, like getting cushy government contracts for their friends and campaign contributors?

Does anyone actually stand for anything anymore? I mean really, truly stand for something, declare their belief in it, and vow to fight for it until the bitter end?

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