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What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to suggest that what we mean is a sense of national responsibility … a patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
– Adlai Stevenson*

How low can they go really?

After spending the 1980s trying to coopt the flag and getting us into a disastrous war by implying those opposing it are traitors, the right-wing machine is going even further, by questioning a Democratic Presidential Candidate’s patriotism. And the media, starting with Nedra Pickler, the "launderer" of right wing talking points at the Associated Press, is picking up on the wurlitzer right on cue.

It doesn’t really matter – whether it’s a principled stand against the empty gesture of wearing of flag pins…or finding an angle to declare pantsuits the work of evil doers, a way would be found to slander their — and our patriotism.

It’s slander — disgusting. And pretty typical of what the eight and a half months have in store. And this morning we find that Bill Kristol is, if nothing else (and let’s emphasize nothing else), capable of repeating the David Brooks style of mimeographing without the middle man.

And there will be much swearing about it at less respectable blogs.

*yeah, I know, but John McCain isn’t Dwight Eisenhower

(pic from Daquella manera)