This has to stop.
Hillary has every right to tout her experience — it’s probably her biggest selling point in this election. But she’s got to find a way to do it without heightening the fear, discussing our “dangerous world,” or constantly reminding voters that we are at war. These may or may not be true, but including them in her stump speech only serves to shift public opinion towards solutions that emphasize guns and bombs over diplomacy and cooperation.
I’m headed to New York this weekend to see the ultra-popular (and ultra-vulgar) Russian ska-punk-folk band Leningrad, a fave of mine while I was in Russia. That reminds me: I wasn’t pleased with either Clinton’s or Obama’s answer to the Russia question last week and I’m not crazy about McCain’s stance either. More on that next week.
— Scott Paul