As a refresher, this is the party that claims to...
- fully support free speech
- be tolerant of all peoples everywhere
- respect the diversity not only of people but of ideas
Hence the Kos-ocrats are soiling their collective britches over the thought that their current standard-bearers are kanoodling with the likes of Bill O'Reilly (Public Enemy No. 1 and a half), "Fox News Sunday," and the like.
Get over it, kids. If you really respect diversity, then the opinions of the political right should be every bit as valid as your own. I personally am far more interested in how my candidate handles questions and accusations from CNN, the NY Times, and other liberal flagships (including that most odious of commentators, Keith Olbermann). Fox News should be a cakewalk for a John McCain. I would expect him to ace their questions. All the better if he can hold his own against the leftist bombasts.
Also, don't forget the injunction to "keep your friends close, but your enemies closer." There's wisdom in keeping those lines of communication open, and recently failed Democratic candidate John Edwards is case in point. He it was to lead the initial boycotts of Fox News-sponsored Democratic debates, and ultimately his strategy failed him. As the battle for those suddenly all-important "swing votes" heats up, Clinton and Obama are now ready and (it seems) willing to confront the enemy on his turf. That it hasn't turned out so bad does not appease the Kos whiners. They have sinned by speaking directly with the enemy, and this sin is apparently unforgiveable.
[Total Aside Having Little or Nothing to Do with the Main Point: Sheesh. One commenter to the story used one of those precious little quotes that people often tag onto their emails as if to show how progressive and self-improving they are (as opposed to a school motto, which is what Mrs. Woody uses on her emails). It's a quote attributed to John F. Kennedy which says, "Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind." No argument from me. But did this young lady (she calls herself "Red Girl" — youth is assumed on my part) ever stop to research just how much effort Kennedy himself put into "ending war?" Did he not have opportunity to end our involvement in Vietnam? Could he not have encouraged his Vice President and ultimate successor to do the same?]
If "progressives" really want to have a national discussion and debate, they need to get over this exclusivity of party doctrine and engage the battle. Whining about their candidates doing just that is about the most regressive behavior I can think of. Makes it look like they don't have enough confidence in their own positions to allow a few broadsides from enemy cruisers.