I think it’s ridiculous to use guilt-by-association as a basis for judging candidates; they should be judged on their own words and actions. But if there were any fairness in the way the media conducts itself, we would be hearing all about John McCain’s pastor:
Mr. Hagee, itâ€™s true, did not blame the American government for concocting AIDS. But he did say that God created Hurricane Katrina to punish New Orleans for its sins, particularly a scheduled â€œhomosexual parade there on the Monday that Katrina came.â€?
And John McCain’s radical friend:
Last November, McCain went on his radio show. Liddy greeted him as “an old friend,” and McCain sounded like one. “I’m proud of you, I’m proud of your family,” he gushed. “It’s always a pleasure for me to come on your program, Gordon, and congratulations on your continued success and adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great.”
Which principles would those be? The ones that told Liddy it was fine to break into the office of the Democratic National Committee to plant bugs and photograph documents? The ones that made him propose to kidnap anti-war activists so they couldn’t disrupt the 1972 Republican National Convention? The ones that inspired him to plan the murder (never carried out) of an unfriendly newspaper columnist?
But then, no one seems to care much about Mr. McCain. He’s this year’s Bob Dole.