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November 10, 2008

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I don't think much can be done except what you are doing and that is continue to search out the truth and dispel the untruths,half-truths and distortions. I hope you will do that.

I always thought a "smear" was a personal insult. Limbaugh's prediction about IRAs and 401(k)s being moved into Social Security is wildly pessimistic. But, it's not a personal insult, so I wouldn't call it a smear.

In fact, such wild predictions could work to Obama's advantage. When his policies turn out to be less radical than Limbaugh projected, Obama will look good in comparison. And, Limbaugh will look like the boy who cried "wolf."

BTW, when you read Limbaugh's rant in context , it's still pretty wild, but he does say that his prediction is hypothetical. After implying that the takeover of IRAs and 401(k)s will happen, Limbaugh reverts back to saying merely:

...and his party is talking about a government takeover of 401(k) plans.

Broun should be reminded that his comment was inappropriate and not of a bi-partisan nature.

If you agree you should sign the petition to censure him :

http://www.petitionspot.com/petitions/CensurePaulBroun/

Aaah, Paul Broun! He fits right in with the rest of the shipwrecked G.O.P. A great cartoon about him and the recriminations flying back and forth on the Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3 blog!

Brendan, I agree that this stuff is beyond contemptible, and I agree that McCain ran an ignoble campaign.

Nevertheless, "It puts the lie to Jon Meachem's claim on 'Meet the Press' yesterday that John McCain ran a 'noble' campaign" seems illogical. Let's assume Pres. Obama attracts some reprehensible followers. This isn't a bad hypothetical, since most presidents do attract some reprehensible followers. Is the tone of Obama's campaign to blame for the reprehensible followers' reprehensible statements? Some people called Pres. Clinton a communist or a Nazi during his first term. Does this show the ignobility of George H. W. Bush's reelection campaign?

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