Friday, February 25, 2005

The Star Tribune Admits It's A Surrogate of the Democrats?

I admit I was skeptical too. Around here, we're accustomed to watching the Star Tribune act like Minnesota's media wing of the Democratic Party, but we're certainly not accustomed to hearing them admit it.

Yet from today's editorial page:

This, alas, is how the Democratic Party works: Rather than debate issues on the up and up, it depends on surrogates to go directly at an "enemy's" strength. In Swift Boat Veteran's case it was their effective debunking of Senator Kerry's inflated claims of military heroism. In the case of President Bush, we're guessing it's the fact that his Social Security reform proposals might actually gain public approval.

Oh, and of course you can wait for the protestations that the Democratic National Committee had nothing to do with the anti-Bush campaign. But of course you wouldn't swallow that, would you?


Whoops! Clumsy me. Never could quite figure out this cut-and-paste stuff. Turns out everything in bold above was garbled in translation. Here's what the Strib editorial actually said:

This, alas, is how the Bush White House works: Rather than debate issues on the up and up, it depends on surrogates to go directly at an "enemy's" strength. In Kerry's case it was his distinguished war record. In the case of AARP, we're guessing it's the group's reputation as a rather stodgy but dependable and trustworthy advocate for seniors.

Oh, and of course you can wait for the protestations that the White House had nothing to do with the anti-AARP campaign. But of course you wouldn't swallow that, would you?

If you've ever done symbolic logic diagramming, plot both of those statements out, and see if you can find any difference. I certainly can't.

So despite their attempt to yet again smear the Bush administration by innuendo rather than... I dunno, providing actual evidence or something, just thinking out loud here... we have to leave open the possibility that this is in fact a carefully encoded confession of what many of us have suspected all along.

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