In a Political Animal post about John Conyers responding sensibly to the press’ totally liberally-biased repetition of the Republican talking point about how the Democrats will IMPEACH IMPEACH IMPEACH if the voters are foolish enough to elect them this fall, I read this:
When I asked some prominent Democrats how the party should conduct oversight if it wins in November, I was surpised by the number who took this view. Lanny Davis told me â€œI don’t care about digging up whether Bush lied or not, or whether they manipulated evidence or not. That’s just playing gotcha.â€ And one committe staffer cautioned “when you do oversight, ultimately, the press is the judge of your credibility.”
See, now, I’d have thought – and really, now who’s being naive, Kaye? – but I’d have thought that the judge of your credibility might be, y’know, THE FUCKING VOTERS.Â But I’m probably what a savvy Washington insider would consider one of those shrill grassroots people (which is to say, a voter).Â I’m good for money during a race, and to hold my nose and vote for them when the time comes, but they wish I’d stop talking, because I say embarrassing things as above, not to mention that I, personally, usually curse when I do it.
Which reminds me, I’ma have to write a post about “civility” one of these days.