I was about to blog that the run-up to the election strikes me as a Roadrunner cartoon, each side claiming the other to be Wile E. Coyote, clueless that the boulder about to fall on its head.
Then I saw Andrew Sullivan beat me to it. And that Anne Althouse boomeranged it right back at him.
Which actually makes the point I wanted to make (albeit late; can I blame my having to rush my kid to the hospital yesterday, thinking she had meningitis [which, thankfully, she does not]?), which is that each side is hoping the boulder is going to drop, hoping, for instance, that Palin makes a colossal blunder (which she did not in yesterday's ABC interview, though neither did she impress), hoping they can find the hideously bold-faced lie that will help indict whomever it is they wish indicted, the end.
It ain't going to happen. Obama and (especially) Biden have been in the national eye for too long; we've sniffed every piece of their laundry and, neither of them being as dedicated, some might say as delusional when it comes to obfuscation, we've got what we've got. McCain's been around way too long for some brand new nasty to come floating to the surface. Sure, he's being accused of moral backpedaling; of betraying his own "maverick" reputation by allowing his campaign to stoop to puerility. Speaking of reputation: I wish I could print in its entirety the section in my buddy Matt Welch's book, McCain: The Myth of a Maverick, about McCain's manipulation of "bedrock libertarian" Barry Goldwater, who did not suffer the fool gladly. I can tell you it's the chapter called Maverick vs: "Maverick," and will let you take a wild guess as to who's who.
Anyway, in terms of "quick! what colossal shoe can we drop?" we're left with only one target: Palin. How many readers knew who she was two weeks, what she stood for and what she believed? Fewer, no doubt, than are engaged in the current headlong love affair with/hellbent will to crush her. That the press is going for/after her is today's norm, as is that it's going get dirty. And as I've blogged here, I am no fan of "the ends justify the means" tactics from either side. But it's disingenuous for the right to cry "foul!" because Palin is being grilled. Do people expect she's going to have the door held open for her? And if so, why?