Bill O'Reilly's Winning Strategy For McCain: Make Loud Noises!
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As a measure of just how ridiculous the discourse has gotten, let's consider this portion of the O'Reilly Factor. In it, Karl Rove is trying to suggest that it's important for John McCain to present his record alongside Barack Obama's, so that the voters can make their own decisions on the two candidates. Now, let's allow that when Rove suggests a "side-by-side comparison," that comes freighted with all the typical, misleading, "Rovian" stuff. Leaving that aside, Rove actually comes off as the sane, sober partner to this discussion, because O'Reilly's suggestion? To "elevate" McCain? To "transcend politics?" It's to engage in crazyfaced, nonsensical rantings, much in the same way that O'Reilly did with Barney Frank last week.
"It was a face! It was a villain! It was Frank vs. O'Reilly!" O'Reilly says, angling for the Peabody Award For Historic Achievement in Journalistic Lycanthropy.
Jason Linkins is an associate editor at the Huffington Post, based in Washington, DC.