Having just vociferously defended Obama's ad linking McCain's proposal to allow purchase of health insurance across state lines to his passion to his passion for bank deregulation, I think it's only fair to say that Obama's Michigan ad villifying McCain for owning three foreign cars is a repulsive bit of demagoguery, worthy of McCain himself (only three of his thirteen cars are foreign? What kind of consumer is McCain, anyway?). Obama, get out of the gutter. Don't spend that moral capital you've built up on subprime smears.
I'm a freelance writer and media consultant with a lasting interest in how democracy works, how it malfunctions and self-corrects. Since fall 2013 I've focused increasingly on the unfolding drama of Affordable Care Act implementation and health reform more generally.
I have a Ph.D. in medieval English literature and a propensity to parse the rhetoric and logic of our political leaders as well as that of media pundits and scholars who jump into the national debate. I wrote a dissertation on the remarkably humane and subtle medieval English anchorite Julian of Norwich, a mystic nun whose knack of squaring circles and framing paradoxes reminds me a little of our current president. A sampling of that work (mind the google gaps) is here: http://bit.ly/OzwsrR