A Good Law.

Whatever law it is that makes the candidates say at the end of their spots, “I’m X, and I approved this message,” is a good law. Because it means that every time a manipulative, cynical attack ad runs from the McCain campaign—like the new one that has the nerve to attack Obama for not picking Hillary as his veep—John McCain has to say, at the end of it, “I’m John McCain, and I approved this message.” And hearing those words, in McCain’s own voice, should inevitably lead people to ask him, in the ringing words of Joseph Welch, “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

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2 Comments on “A Good Law.”

  1. rovronr says:

    Would there be applause today?

  2. tnaron says:

    For Welch’s speech, you mean? I’m gonna say yes, because that’s just the kind of optimistic, Capra-esque guy I am. But it’s a good question. And another good question: Do we have anyone with the courage of Joseph Welch to speak such truth to power in the first place? (We have lots of people who are willing to critique the opposition on both sides, but do we have any who would do so at the risk of the destruction of their own lives and livelihoods?)


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