It's less than 24 hours later, and five more US soldiers have lost their lives in four seperate attacks, putting the tally at 402. Newspapers haven't mentioned it much yet, however. Maybe they're waiting for 500 instead.
Sometimes, it seems that only people who seem to really be counting are me, the people over at Lunaville, and Jimmy Breslin, who is a bonafide national treasure. It feels odd that most writers who I appreciate are of the same character, as if they spent their childhood years fighting tooth and nail against pit bulls in illegal betting parlours, until they found that they could parlay the same skills into a career in journalism.
Compare writers like Breslin to "tough" conservative pundits like Limbaugh, Coultier, and O'Reilly and there's no contest -- the conservatives wouldn't stand a chance. They're uniformly weak when it comes to the facts, and seemingly draw their ideas from the same cereal box. Their true power lies in the fact that they are given a exclusive, highly-controlled soapbox from which to slander others by questioning their loyalty, a la Joseph McCarthy. It's worth remembering, however, that McCarthy dug his own grave, making accusations that were so transparently false that the mere phrase "have you no decency?" hung round his neck and drove him into an early, alcohol-induced grave. This same fate can (and most likely would) happen to Limbaugh, O'Reilly, or Coultier if they ever overreached their bounds.
But for the lack of a few votes in Congress, this same fate would undoubtedly await many of those currently residing in the White House...