I've written a lot lately about my disdain for politics as usual, particularly the "creating our own reality" type practiced by Karl Rove and his successors in the Republican party. The relentless ability to stay on message under any circumstance, no matter what questions an interviewer might throw at you. The twisting of facts to fit around your manufactured scenario, so that it feels like it could be true.
Stephen Colbert created a word for this very thing, called truthiness. People practicing truthiness are deliberately out to deceive you in some way. They're trying to sound just credible enough to get you on board, while knowing full well that they're being manipulative. People like that have no respect for the people they're herding. Rush Limbaugh does this to his listeners, and they lap it up. When someone attempts to do it to me, it pisses me off.
Today, Terry McAuliffe, Hillary Clinton's campaign adviser, was on the barely watchable FOX "News" Sunday. Interviewer Chris Wallace was tenacious, and aggressive (a tactic he reserves for Democrats), hitting McAuliffe over and over again with questions about Clinton's "assassination" comments. McAuliffe repeatedly dodged and spun, smiling all the way, staying on point, and spewing buckets of truthiness.
I'd forgotten what this guy is like. He's a Democratic Karl Rove. And whether she's doing it on her own, or at McAuliffe's direction, Hillary Clinton is behaving exactly the same way. Enough. This kind of politics--win at all costs, even at the expense of misleading your constituents--makes me want to vomit. We need something different. Maybe a change?
Click the link after CONTINUED to see the video (FOX's video link was wiping out my page formatting. . .stupid FOX!).