The "Moderate" Voice calls Phil Gramm a terrorist [Karl]
At the so-called Moderate Voice, Shaun Mullen has an interestingÃ‚Â concept of terrorism.Ã‚Â Former Sen. Phil Gramm, now an adviser to John McCain’s presidential campaign, is a “terrorist in pinstripes” for his sponsorship of the Financial Services Modernization Act.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Mullen blames the law for the subprime mortgage meltdown… because Barack Obama says so.Ã‚Â You really cannot get more moderate than that.
Okay, so maybeÃ‚Â Mullen could get more moderate than that.Ã‚Â For example, Mullen could have noted that the Financial Services Modernization Act was signed into law by then-Pres. Bill Clinton.Ã‚Â Mullen could have noted that Obama, like Hillary Clinton,Ã‚Â has taken plenty of campaign cash from the main players in the subprime-mortgage industry.Ã‚Â Mullen also could have told his readers that Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee has defended the deregulation of mortgage lending on the op-ed page of the New York Times.Ã‚Â Mullen might even have pointed readers to Gramm’s response to the charge.
Mullen chose not to doÃ‚Â any of those thingsÃ‚Â because the the tagline for “The Moderate Voice” really should be “Moderate, but reliably Lefty.”Ã‚Â And once you have chosen to mislead people as to who you are, the rest follows naturally.
Update: Insta-lanche!Ã‚Â (Heh.)
Update x2: Pejman-lanche!Ã‚Â (I wonder whether Pej knows I used to comment at his old haunt?)