…because he has done great work there. Oh yes–and he does such abysmal work here.
His Sunday column is simply an absurdity. Entitled “The World’s Worst Panderer,” he tries to argue that John McCain is courageous and principled. Of course, this is difficult to claim with a straight face, and even a little research would demonstrate its absurdity. So Kristof is reduced to saying that, yes, McCain did pander, and yes, he did change his position for political gain, but it’s okay because–wait for it–“when he does try double-talk, he looks so guilty and uncomfortable that he convinces nobody.”
This is about the most circular reasoning I can imagine:
1. John McCain is truly courageous and principled, because he does not pander and change his position for political gain.
2. Of course he does pander and change his position for political gain; but
3. It doesn’t really matter, because we all know that:
4. See Point 1.
And the media is saying that Barack Obama’s followers are cult-like? Jeez.