Sunday Morning Boston Globe-blogging

God bless Barney Frank, who’s now a conciliator.  A great quote from that article:  “I became partisan in the ’80s when the Republican Party moved to the right.  People said, ‘When will you stop being so partisan?’ I said, ‘When they stop being so wrong.’ ” Also: “The only acceptable reason to be in politics, is that you have a view of public policy that you want to have enacted.”

Shocking!  Right and wrong, and actual views on policy!

Too bad they don’t have anything to do with how politics is analyzed in this country.  Broder on McCain:

On Iraq, an assertive McCain chided Romney for hedging his bets by saying that the surge “apparently” is meeting its military objectives. “It is working,” McCain told the former Massachusetts governor. “Not ‘apparently’; it’s working.” McCain expects validation of that view from Gen. David Petraeus this week, and he is eager to be Petraeus’s advocate when the Senate takes up the issue — while at the same time reminding people that he was one of the first critics of the previous strategy under defense secretary Don Rumsfeld.

True?  False?  Who cares!  It’s got a good beat and I can dance to it.

Kevin Drum and Glenn Greenwald both highlight new poll results showing that, as Glenn explains, “Large majorities want the number of U.S. troops in Iraq decreased (58-39%); believe overwhelmingly that a decrease should begin “right away,” rather than by the end of the year or next year (62-33%); and favor legislation now to compel troop withdrawal by the spring (55-41%),” and that a majority believes that Gen. Petreaus’ report “will try to make things look better than they really are.”

The Globe, for its part, has a front page article on public opinion about the Iraq occupation that consists of interviews with a dozen or so people in San Francisco, Virginia Beach, Kansas City, Topeka, Wheaton, Ill.  No polling data of any sort is mentioned.  Wow, thanks, Globe.  Hope your reporters enjoyed their trips.  This foolishness leaves readers less informed.  Nothing wrong with man-in-the-street reporting per se, but of course they’re going to present views from both sides.  How many people did they have to interview to get that balance?  What do people think overall?  How does it compare with what we thought a year ago, or five years ago?  Read the Globe to not find out.

Meanwhile, in sports news, Bob Ryan offers insight on the Rick Ankiel story, on which I offered a weak, mealy-mouthed “maybe-it’s-not-so-bad” view the other day.  After suggesting Ankiel call a press conference and offer a forthright explanation and apology, he writes, “But if he used the HGH he purchased, it means he did cheat. Don’t quibble about baseball not getting around to banning HGH until 2005. I repeat: You know you’re doing something shady when you need a doctor to write a fraudulent prescription.”  I guess that’s right.


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