A lesson in ad hominems
I guess San Diego Union Insight Editor Robert Caldwell missed that day at journalism school when they covered hypocrisy. From his Sunday column:
Gore’s case, in striking contrast, is sloppily assembled and patently political, complete with applause lines and leaden sarcasm. Indeed, it is much more an ad hominem, mean-spirited political assault on Bush than a detailed deconstruction of the president’s Iraq policy
Let’s see what Caldwell had to say about Gore:
Then came Al Gore, lurching left in a soft-on-Saddam speech
Gore’s case, in striking contrast, is sloppily assembled and patently political, complete with applause lines and leaden sarcasm
Next, Gore cheap shots Bush
Gore ridicules Bush for disparaging “nation building,” then tosses off an applause line
Who’s politicizing the Iraq debate now? A performance this cheap should be beneath the dignity of a former vice president. It’s a gross disservice to America for Gore to stride onto a public stage and then savage the president amid a mounting international crisis.
No doubt about who is the stateman here and who the shabby politician.
What Caldwell passes on is making the distinction between Gore giving a speech to a group while Blair had to go before Parliament and lay out the case for war to get their support (the fact that Blair pretty much flopped seems to have eluded Caldwell). It’s also instructive that Caldwell does not compare Gore’s speech with President Cartman’s speech before the UN that was so taxing he slumped into a chair like he had just fought ten rounds and couldn’t find his cornerman.
If Caldwell wants a real debate on Iraq, why not call for one between Gore and Bush. Hell, they could put it on Pay Per View. I’d watch that.
Email Caldwell to let him know what you think.