If Matthew Marsden is really honored to hang out with anti-gay, religious-right hate mongers -- and that's who he flew halfway across the country to be with in private -- then he should do it in the light of day.
The truth of the matter is that, no matter how craftily television's conservative bitterati attempts to discredit them, progressive leaders have successfully managed our economy and conservative leaders have not.
Will any brave and clear-sighted Republicans realize that rather than throwing McCain a lifeline in this election, far-right extremism has further isolated McCain, and the party, from mainstream Americans?
The message that the campaign is now essentially eschewing talk of the issues and resorting to culture war and fear mongering has clearly been received by the GOP surrogates and talking heads. The campaign is running off the rails.
Palin has been a poster girl for the McCain campaign, lending an aura of feminism to a man who has consistently voted against legislation that protects the rights of women. The original euphoria which some women and men felt when she was selected is bound to fade.
A second X-chromosome is no more a sufficient qualification for being women's choice for the vice presidency than dark pigmentation was for being African-Americans' choice for a seat on the Supreme Court.
Many people have become sensitized -- even hypersensitized -- to issues of racism in this campaign, and words and attitudes are being examined and questioned. But sexism seems to go largely unnoticed or, if it is noticed, is dismissed as irrelevant.