Quindlen: Time to Get Serious, America

How is an election this crucial so full of lipstick, pigs and likability?
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Sep 22, 2008 11:56 AM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., greets supporters during a campaign stop in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008.    (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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(Newser) – Voters must cut through the fog of spin and take their votes seriously, writes Anna Quindlen in Newsweek. Amid bickering over whose lipstick is on what pig, “Nothing being said has much to do with the future of this country.” A vote, Quindlen urges, is a promise to “look past cheap slogans and lazy alliances to try to find a way to make America worthy of a new generation.”

Quindlen blames the race’s sorry state on both campaigns and the media, though she singles out John McCain for "again hedging principle in favor of victory”—but allows that the problem is larger than either candidate. Is America so insecure “that we can't bear a person who stands on principle”?