Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Shelton Shits on Clark

William Saletan has a useful analysis of retired General Hugh Shelton's nasty comments about his former collegue retired General Wesley Clark's presidential bid. As we all know, Shelton, when asked about Clark, snidely remarked, "I've known Wes for a long time. I will tell you the reason he came out of Europe early had to do with integrity and character issues, things that are very near and dear to my heart. I'm not going to say whether I'm a Republican or a Democrat. I'll just say Wes won't get my vote."

Fortunately, Wes Clark doesn't need Shelton's vote. Unfortunately, papers, commentators, and assorted Republican drones immediately leapt on Shelton's words to suggest that Clark has a "character problem" Rrriighttt.

While he's at it, Shelton ought to explain why, if sneaking around your boss to go to the media is a grave character issue, sneaking around your former subordinate to go to the media with an unfalsifiable insinuation about him isn't. Clark says Shelton never came to him directly: "I have never heard anything about these integrity and character issues." Clark also says he has "no idea" what they are. Until Shelton clarifies the charge, Clark can't rebut it. He's presumed guilty of something serious.

Exactly, Hugh. Either come out with something provable, or go the hell away. Hey, and if you want "integrity and character," check out the White House, pal, where something really stinks right now....

Is the Military Still a Solid GOP Constituency?

It would be a good thing if this were to change, because to have the military solidly behind one party - whichever party - is damned dangerous to American democracy (and is another good reason, one of many, to reinstate a universal draft, but I digress). Timothy Noah suggests that some cracks are beginning to appear... check it out.

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