Hendrik Hertzberg (The New Yorker):
One of the World Wide Web’s most distinguished organs of fake news, the Borowitz Report, leads its current issue with this flash:Howie P.S.: Hertzberg did not mention that Obama voted against telecom immunity, before the effort to amend the law failed and immunity made it into the final bill. Hertzberg also did not mention that, as I am told, Obama did not vote against the fillibuster: he was absent (as was McCain,) for that cloture vote.
The liberal blogosphere was aflame today with new accusations that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) is trying to win the 2008 presidential election.
Except that sometimes it’s hard to tell fake from real. These sentiments, for example, are from actual blogs:
If Obama believes the BS he said about the FISA Capitulation bill, then he is not fit to be President. He is turning on every major issue and I am not going to vote for him. From here on out, the netroots should refuse to donate to any Democratic nominee, including Barack Obama.
Meanwhile, McCain has been busily reversing his views in highly consequential ways. He opposed the Bush tax cuts because they favored the rich; now he supports their eternal extension. He was against offshore oil drilling as not being worth the environmental damage it brings; now he’s for it, and damn the costs. He was against torture, period; now he’s against it unless the C.I.A. does it. He keeps flipping to the wrong flops. But he and Obama can both take comfort in what they’re avoiding. If they were clinging to every past position, the flip-flop police would be busting them for stubbornness and rigidity in the face of changing circumstances. Bush all over again! Flip-flops are preferable to cement shoes, especially in summertime.