(What is it about those folks from Maine - which Cohen once served as a U.S. Senator - to be ahead of the Republican curve, as are Sens. Collins and Snowe, who are already being branded by some of their GOP colleagues as adulterers?) Speaking to an audience made up mostly from business people and professionals, many of whom would not be expected to show up at a Democratic dogs 'n suds event, Dionne was gentle in his circumspect criticism of the Republican congressmen and their very conservative outlook in using President Obama as a king-size dart board in these days of horrible national stress. "I hope,"he said, "we will have a little more partisan respect..." in dealing across the aisle.
That, of course, remains to forever be seen. The bombast from the Republican pols on the stimulus package cast them as little more than foolish cranks guided by the cantankerous eruptions of Rush Limbaugh, whose legacy to broadcast journalism is laced with such x-rated notions that Parkinson's Disease can be a put-on, or Glenn Beck, who dismissed autism as 99 pct. fakery. Yet few of their disciples on Capitol Hill have had the courage to denounce such nonsense. Instead, we can all remember the dreadful Georgia congressman who abjectly begged forgiveness from Limbaugh. At the same time, another congressman, Republican House whip Eric Cantor, doesn't hesitate to throw rose petals at Limbaugh's feet.
On a more clinical level by a keen political scientist, Dionne did say he was puzzled by something that occurred in John McCain's presidential campaign. He said he didn't understand why McCain left the campaign to head back to Washington to work on the economic crises. "In so doing," Dionne noted, McCain simply put his campaign "in the hands of a congress controlled by Democrats." For Dionne, it was a failed decision that probably cost the Republican senator any hope of winning.
But to witness McCain's caustic attacks on Obama now, you'd think he was still hoping for a recount. It doesn't make any sense to me. He's trying to lay down a bunt after the other side just enjoyed a grand slam.