Washington Babylon — April 17, 2008, 5:21 pm

Deep Throats: A Compilation of Debate Porn

This compilation from TPM captures the full horror of last night’s Democratic debate. It’s worth watching for the grim amusement value.

Incidentally, last night Hillary Clinton criticized Barack Obama–prompted by George Stephanopolous, channeling Sean Hannity — for having once served on a board with William Ayers, a former member of the Weather Underground. Ayers went underground in 1970 “with several associates after the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion in 1970 which killed three members. “I don’t regret setting bombs, I feel we didn’t do enough,” Ayers told the New York Times in 2001 when his memoirs were published.

Now Ayers may have been a jerk, and worse, for planting bombs, but is this in any way relevant to the 2008 elections? Obama was eight-years-old when Ayers became a fugitive and his “ties” to Ayers are not exactly extensive.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton served on the board of Wal-Mart from 1986 to 1992 and was reportedly silent on the issue of the company’s notorious anti-union stance. Wal-Mart is

the world’s largest retailer. It is the largest corporation and private employer in the United States. Wal-Mart is the biggest employer in 25 states. They set the standard for wages and labor practices…the Walton family is worth about $102 billion. Wal-Mart topped the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations ranked by sales for the fourth year in a row.

So what’s a more important question right now: Hillary Clinton and Wal-Mart or Barack Obama and his marginal links to a former 60s radical? Only ABC could possible believe that it’s the latter.

Share
Single Page

More from Ken Silverstein:

Commentary November 17, 2015, 6:41 pm

Shaky Foundations

The Clintons’ so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends.

From the November 2013 issue

Dirty South

The foul legacy of Louisiana oil

Perspective October 23, 2013, 8:00 am

On Brining and Dining

How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy

Get access to 165 years of
Harper’s for only $45.99

United States Canada

CATEGORIES

THE CURRENT ISSUE

February 2016

Isn’t It Romantic?

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Trusted Traveler

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The Trouble with Iowa

The Queen and I

Disunified Front

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

We Don’t Have Rights, But We Are Alive

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

view Table Content

FEATURED ON HARPERS.ORG

Article
Isn’t It Romantic?·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“He had paid for much of her schooling, something he cannot help but mention, since the aftermath of any failed relationship brings an ungenerous and impossible impulse to claw back one’s misspent resources.”
Illustration by Shonagh Rae
Article
The Trouble with Iowa·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“It seems to defy reason that this anachronistic farm state — a demographic outlier, with no major cities and just 3 million people, nine out of ten of them white — should play such an outsized role in American politics.”
Photograph (detail) © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Article
Rule, Britannica·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“This is the strange magic of an arrangement of all the world’s knowledge in alphabetical order: any search for anything passes through things that have nothing in common with it but an initial letter.”
Artwork by Brian Dettmer. Courtesy the artist and P.P.O.W., New York City.
Article
The Queen and I·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“Buckingham Palace is a theater in need of renovation. There is something pathetic about a fiercely vacuumed throne room. The plants are tired. Plastic is nailed to walls and mirrors. The ballroom is set for a ghostly banquet. Everyone is whispering, for we are in a mad kind of church. A child weeps.”
Photograph (detail) © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos
Article
We Don’t Have Rights, But We Are Alive·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

“If I really wanted to learn about the Islamic State, Hassan told me, I ought to speak to his friend Samir, a young gay soldier in the Syrian Army who’d been fighting jihadis intermittently for the past four years.”
Photograph (detail) by Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty

Amount by which the number of government jobs in the U.S. exceeds the number of manufacturing jobs:

5,129,000

The sound of mice being clicked may induce seizures in house cats.

In Turlock, California, nearly 3,500 samples of bull semen were stolen from the back of a truck.

Subscribe to the Weekly Review newsletter. Don’t worry, we won’t sell your email address!

HARPER’S FINEST

Two Christmas Mornings of the Great War

By

Civilization masks us with a screen, from ourselves and from one another, with thin depth of unreality. We habitually live — do we not? — in a world self-created, half established, of false values arbitrarily upheld, largely inspired by misconception, misapprehension, wrong perspective, and defective proportion, misapplication.

Subscribe Today