(Note: this is a jumbled mess. Consider it my early morning organizational ramble.)
Looks quite a bit like Romney’s going to receive a Swiftboat-esque treatment for his days at Bain Capital. (And no, I’m not equating venture capitalism to being a Vietnam veteran.)
So when I defend Romney — and before you reflexively tell me something like: “But Bush did this in ‘04” — know that I didn’t support it then. (I supported Kerry in ‘04, in case that isn’t clear). I certainly don’t now. So here’s a little background.
The link goes to an article on former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam vet who essentially lost his seat because of his staunch effort to get America out of Iraq. There is a sense — one we are rapidly forgetting — of what war can do to a man’s (and woman’s) soul. We forget that at our own peril.
But back to Bain. Yesterday, Andrew Sullivan quoted a reader as saying the only thing that matters is political ends. If you’re like me, you might wonder something like: “How did liberals respond to similar lines of thought regarding torture, indefinite detention, and restrictions on civil liberties?”
Hell, how did Sullivan himself treat such arguments during his famous break from the GOP over exactly those issues?
So you’ll forgive people who look at the rank hypocrisy taking place, right?
Because that’s the only consistent thing in this system.