Hearst Newspapers columnist Helen Thomas has taken on the quest of Diogenes in seeking a sign that "the American people to refuse to be shamed any more."
At least one US citizen has reached that point, noting in her comments that "I don't think people realize how far down we have been taken in the last 7+ years since the coup of 2000."
New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Bob Herbert is on a similar quest, observing that the entire political process has become thoroughly warped by histrionics and asks, "Are we in the news media going to be serious about this election, or is it really going to be all about Wright and race all the time?"
Considering that the campaign has already descended into the gutter, the short answer is: WRIGHT! David Swanson presents his view on why Hillary is participating in the race-baiting game while asking, "So, why does the corporate media behave as if it's still a contest (Here's a video of Chris Matthews admitting the media's role in this farce), and why does the independent media obediently fall into line?
There's independent media operating in America? If there were, one might think that these questions would not be asked by those within the industry, and Joan Vennochi of The Boston Globe wouldn't be wondering why the coverage of Bush's Terror War Against Terror was relegated to the back pages while the latest on the James Raven Revisited campaign stole the headlines. Said headlines remain focused on Obama, Hillary, and Jeremiah Wright. But what news of the GOP's participation in the revelry?
According to New York Times columnist Frank Rich, the Great Hope of Eternal White Supremacy is fading fast, and the Republican Party knows it. The eventuality that American Caucasians would cede numeric dominance has been politically known since the 1960's. When Lyndon Johnson lamented that his signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would cause racist Whites to bolt to the GOP after decades of clinging to the Democratic Party as the only alternative to the destroyer of The Southern Lost Cause. He knew well of which he spoke. These irrationally terrified folk became the nucleus of Richard Nixon's "Silent Majority" in an attempt to stave off the inevitable loss. To maintain influence with this group, the GOP thus used every advantage in defense of White Privilege, including religion.
Former Missouri Republican Senator John Danforth, an Episcopal priest, told Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne that for years the role of the religious right in Republican politics "did not get enough attention," in part due to so much of its activity being beyond public purview.
Dionne goes on to pose the stumper as to whether the media "will be just as tough on false prophets who happen to be white and right-wing." If this is to happen – and I doubt that it will – then the time is now ripe.
David Michael Green presents a thorough examination as to why John McCain has to be the luckiest politician in human history due to additional factors beyond racial fears. As the last Republican candidate standing, he will benefit from a disciplined political machine which is "congenitally incapable of running anything other than a vicious campaign."
Viciousness seems to be what the current version of Republicans is made of. Take John Hagee [PLEASE!]. He endorsed John McCain on Feb. 27, which was accepted gratefully despite John Hagee declaring "God Damn America" in a manner similar to Jeremiah Wright – if for different reasons. John Hagee also wrote on page 150 of his 2006 book Jerusalem Countdown: A Prelude To War that "America's role is to get nuked by God".
Cenk Uygur has found a hate sermon by Reverend Hagee in which he "is shouting maniacally at poor people to 'Starve!' and encouraging others to die before they compromise on (Hagee's view of) Christianity." Uyger concludes by asking, "Will McCain give a similar 45 minute speech explaining his relationship to hateful evangelical preachers like Rev. Hagee?"
I doubt it! I'm quite certain that neither Mr. McCain nor his camp knew anything then about Mr. Hagee's views – NOT!
But, despite the "conservative" corporate ownership, there seems to be a little honesty leaking out of the Information Gulag. In the mien of Chris Matthews' mea culpa cited above, Newsweek's Richard Wolffe revealed on MSNBC that he believes that "in some ways, John McCain is getting a free ride."