Trash Talk: Early Waste Management for Election 2008

Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi and Arthur Silber took out some election garbage for us last week. First, Greenwald wiped the lipstick off the pig that is the "dream candidacy" of Fred Thompson, the fake Tennesseean. (He's spent most of his life in Washington -- and was born in Alabama, of all places. Son, you ain't no Tennessean if you were born in by-god Alabama, I don't care where you went to high school or dodged the draft from.)

Next, Taibbi did a masterful demolition job on that New York Nosferatu, Rudy Guiliani. You should read the whole thing, but this succinct overview of one of the many endearing traits in our national character is worth a special notice:

Rudy Giuliani is a true American hero, and we know this because he does all the things we expect of heroes these days -- like make $16 million a year, and lobby for Hugo Chávez and Rupert Murdoch, and promote wars without ever having served in the military, and hire a lawyer to call his second wife a "stuck pig," and organize absurd, grandstanding pogroms against minor foreign artists, and generally drift through life being a shameless opportunist with an outsize ego who doesn't even bother to conceal the fact that he's had a hard-on for the presidency since he was in diapers. In the media age, we can't have a hero humble enough to actually be one; what is needed is a tireless scoundrel, a cad willing to pose all day long for photos, who'll accept $100,000 to talk about heroism for an hour, who has the balls to take a $2.7 million advance to write a book about himself called Leadership. That's Rudy Giuliani. Our hero. And a perfect choice to uphold the legacy of George W. Bush.

Last, but definitely not least, Arthur Silber gave us this brilliantly argued piece on the great big gob of stupid that is Senator Sam Brownback. But as usual, Silber digs deep to find the greater meaning -- and danger -- represented by Brownback's foredoomed White House run: namely, that Brownback's political career is an excretion of a growing tend in American life: the wilfully ignorant, hysterical adherence to comforting fairy tales in the face of irrefutable fact. This dazzling analysis deserves to be read in full, so get on over there and read it.
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