Rollins Brand

Rock 'n' roll maverick Henry Rollins talks politics and the upcoming election

The minute something goes wrong, the Democratic Party seems to cower beneath a falling sky.

I think that Republicans play the tough-guy card and Democrats play the decent card, and it's always thrown at the Democrats to prove they won't take it from the bullies, to get down in the mud and sling it with them. And I don't necessarily think that's a good idea for the left to have their versions of Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. I think it muddies the water even more.

So you think it's admirable that Obama's kept to the high ground?

Henry Rollins is intense and focused.
Henry Rollins is intense and focused.

I think it's admirable, but I don't know that it's a way to win an election in America in 2008. I just don't think that's how the game goes anymore. I think it's really turned into bloodsport. Politics has always been a rough room, but, boy, now it's like a rough room on steroids. What is Obama supposed to do, call Sarah Palin a bitch? Where is it supposed to go? What if Joe Biden had given a speech anywhere near as stupid as Sarah Palin's at the DNC? The press would've just jumped all over him; he would've gotten slammed. But Sarah Palin delivered this dumbass screed, which I thought was really offensive and boring and stupid. Matt Drudge calls her "the Republican wonder," and the press pretty much got in line.

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