White House spokesman Scott McClellan complained about the recent media obsession with the Bush National Guard record and boldly explained: “I think what you are seeing is gutter politics. Some are simply trolling for trash for political gain.” Is there something a bit redundant (or as Alanis Morissette might put it, “ironic”) about the campaign season phrase “gutter politics?” Couldn’t McClellan have just as easily complained of smutty porn, unfunny sitcoms, mellow hippies, circumcised Rabbis, heavyset bowlers, opinionated editorials, nauseated college students, scary urologists, disappointing Red Sox teams, weird Jacksons, fundamentalists who make lousy dinner guests, or evasive White House spokesmen.
. . . Wednesday February 11, 2004