"Politics has always been lousy with blather and chicanery. But there are rules and traditions too."What is "so intense" is that reality is becoming more and more difficult to hide in this day and age and people like Joe Klein along with the majority of the MSM has allowed its facade to slip.
"John McCain has allowed his campaign to slip the normal bounds of political propriety. The situation has gotten so intense that we in the media have slipped our normal rules as well."
"increasing numbers of otherwise sober observers, even such august institutions as the New York Times editorial board, are calling John McCain a liar."
Referring to the NYTimes ed. brd. as "sober" or "august" must be one of those "euphemisms like mendacity and inaccuracy" that Joe employs.
"McCain's lies have ranged from the annoying to the sleazy, and the problem is in both degree and kind."
"John McCain has raised serious questions about whether he has the character to lead the nation. He has defaced his beloved military code of honor. He has run a dirty campaign."
The gloves are off and have been off for a while now, but never so noticeably since the Palin selection.
Curious aside: In the annoying CNNJackCafferty way, "here's my question to you, (this author, often answers/comments, but rarely if ever gets posted; wrong answer perhaps?): Do you think the artist Stephen Kroninger who is responsible for the McCain cartoon was thinking of this one?
Or rather is he making fun of McCain's injuries? This last toss is from Blandly's bucket, may it land directly on target.