Sunday, September 14, 2008

Escape velocity

Tristero is both absolutely correct

In case you missed this, a conservative actually spoke the truth:

McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said this to the Politico about the increased media scrutiny of the campaign's factual claims: "We're running a campaign to win. And we're not too concerned about what the media filter tries to say about it."

Only a pedant would interpret that as saying something other than, "We're gonna lie our heads off if we think it'll help us win 'cause that's all that matters. And you can't stop us."

and glossing over an important point: the conservatives seem to think they've reached a point where they no longer have to care about the "MSM." They can control it, and on those rare occasions when that fails, ignore it, and rely on their own media of Fox, hate radio, and the churches to get their message out. They can, at least for a time, create their own Orwellian reality, a reality where truth is what they say it is, where living in Alaska makes you a foreign policy expert, where questions about a lack of qualifications are sexism and evidence of liberal bias, where lying so often and badly that it's become the focus of the campaign is nothing more than the normal rough-and-tumble of politics. They only need 50% of the voters to either believe their version of reality, or not to care if they are lying, and they only need that on one day (Nov 4). Who cares what happens after that?