Run Like the Wind, Mr. Skittles! (Anne Applebaum Edition)
TBogg does not write:
Invasion of the Obama Snatchers: Writing from her panic room (which doubles as the laundry room) a sweaty, disheveled, and quite possibly drunk Anne Applebaum types out a warning, inserts it into a hamster ball with Mr. Skittles the Wonder Hamster and then lobs it through a cracked door in the hopes that, God willing, it is not too late to save America.
Run like the wind, Mr. Skittles!
Godspeed and good luck:
Anne Applebaum - Why McCain Lost Me: the last political party I truly felt comfortable with was Thatcher's Conservative Party (I lived in England in the 1980s and 1990s).... I'm not voting for McCain -- and, after a long struggle, I've realized that I can't -- maybe it's worth explaining why.... [I]t's not his campaign, disjointed though that has been, that finally repulses me: It's his rapidly deteriorating, increasingly anti-intellectual, no longer even recognizably conservative Republican Party. His problems... have to do with his colleagues, advisers and supporters.... [I]t's not his personality I admire most. Far more important is his knowledge of foreign affairs.... Another thing I liked about McCain was the deliberate distance he always kept from the nuttier wing of his party and... the loyalty he's shown to a recognizably conservative budgetary philosophy.... Finally, I admired McCain's willingness to tackle politically risky issues....
The appointment of Palin -- inspired by his closest colleagues -- turned out not to be a "maverick" move but, rather, a concession to those Republicans who think foreign policy can be conducted using a series of cliches and those in his party who shout down the federal government while quietly raking in federal subsidies.... [H]e's let his campaign appeal to his party's extremes... cultivate ignorance and fear.... Maybe that's all tactics, and maybe the "real" McCain will ditch the awful ideologues after Nov. 4....
I would give anything to rewrite history and make McCain president in 2000. But in 2008, I don't think I can vote for him. Barack Obama is indeed the least experienced, least tested candidate in modern presidential history...
Anne: this Republican Party is the same Republican Party it has always been. Anne: this John McCain is the same John McCain he has always been. To say that if you were transported back in time to 2000 you would vote for the Republicans and McCain then, but won't vote for them now, makes you a leading candidate for Stupidest Woman AliveTM.
And yes, this is part of the Washington Post crashed-and-burned watch. And why oh why can't we have a better press corps?