Everything is PoliticalJuly 16th, 2007 by Steven Gardner
A couple weeks ago I read the New York Times story about the 2005 aborted attempt to get a top Al Qaeda guy in Pakistan. Donald Rumsfeld called it off, fearing it would sour our relationship with Pakistan.
I guessed correctly that both sides would politicize the story, though I was incorrect in how I predicted it would be played. I found one conservative writer attributing motive to the New York Times, saying the paper was trying to make it look like George W. Bush was as weak on terrorism as Bill Clinton. The liberal criticism was that Bush thinks the only terrorists are in Iraq.
Then this last week following the announcement that Zina Linnik was dead, it didn’t take long to find her death tied to other political issues.
The Sound Politics blog had “And He’s a Registered Voter” as a headline about the suspect.
Is there anything that can’t be argued in political terms? The ending to The Sopranos? Ichiro’s new contract? Baby carrots? Macs and PCs? Disco?
I challenge you to come up with ideas of what you think can’t be part of a political argument. Then, once you’ve laid down your challenge, I further challenge the rest of you to demonstrate how, indeed, politics can invade every facet of our lives.