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Mar. 12th, 2008


punch-drunk mud

This story is pretty good supporting evidence that the political press have started losing their marbles unusually early in the campaign season:

We are now in the strange season of Democratic pretense -- pretend that everything will work out smoothly even though you suspect that everything won't. "The Democratic Party is going to have gum on its shoes that it can't get off," says Edgell, a former veteran congressional staffer. "There are going to be bruises that will last through November."

Clearly, it is also the season of rampant, mixed-use metaphor. If ever there was a moment to summon the analogies of struggle, dilemma, tactical warfare and careful negotiation, that moment is now. So it might be prudent to step back from politics and look for clues to a Democratic resolution elsewhere: in chess, magic, poker, mathematics, gang intervention, sports handicapping, Middle East peace negotiation, marriage. The list is endless.

As realms go, it's hard to beat boxing. Obama had the champ on the ropes after the first round in Iowa but couldn't finish her off in New Hampshire. Bloodied, Clinton fought back gamely and gained some momentum heading into Super Tuesday. Both candidates landed solid blows there. But then Obama pummeled the champ for 11 straight rounds, and it looked like she was just hanging on, ripe for a knockout. But just as the scribes were filing their stories of the champ's demise, she waged another comeback, winning three of four rounds on March 4. (Needless to say, this is a loooong fight). All of a sudden, the questions were: Does the challenger have a glass jaw? Does the champ have enough time to overcome the challenger's lead on points?


Can you even imagine what kind of tortured nonsense they're going to be barfing up by October?

Mar. 11th, 2008


Geraldine Ferraro is a racist assclown

If I'm going to have a LiveJournal, I might as well come out swinging. Friends, be forewarned: I intend to use my newly-obtained LJ to vent my spleen over this endless, ridiculous and dumb election season. I need a release!

I'm going to let Representative Ferraro do most of the speaking here, because she's already so eloquently made her case:

If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.

followed by

Any time anybody does anything that in any way pulls this campaign down and says let’s address reality and the problems we’re facing in this world, you’re accused of being racist, so you have to shut up. Racism works in two different directions. I really think they’re attacking me because I’m white. How’s that?

followed, incredibly, by

“Every time that campaign is upset about something, they call it racist,” she said. “I will not be discriminated against because I’m white. If they think they’re going to shut up Geraldine Ferraro with that kind of stuff, they don’t know me.”

(And lest you think this is an isolated case of her getting her dander up in the heat of the moment, let me present to you this gem from 1988:

Placid of demeanor but pointed in his rhetoric, Jackson struck out repeatedly today against those who suggest his race has been an asset in the campaign. President Reagan suggested Tuesday that people don’t ask Jackson tough questions because of his race. And former representative Geraldine A. Ferraro (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that because of his “radical” views, “if Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn’t be in the race.”

Asked about this at a campaign stop in Buffalo, Jackson at first seemed ready to pounce fiercely on his critics. But then he stopped, took a breath, and said quietly, “Millions of Americans have a point of view different from” Ferraro’s.

Discussing the same point in Washington, Jackson said, “We campaigned across the South … without a single catcall or boo. It was not until we got North to New York that we began to hear this from Koch, President Reagan and then Mrs. Ferraro … . Some people are making hysteria while I’m making history.”

Geraldine Ferraro was the first female candidate for vice president in American history. I can remember how excited I was, as a kid in 1984, over the idea that she might win, and how disappointed I was when Mondale and Ferraro went down in flames. And it could be argued that Ferraro isn't speaking for the Clinton campaign, although any such argument would have to be at least partially disingenuous, given that Ferraro sits on Clinton's financial committee.

But I'm sorry, that is some racist bullshit right there, and it is a loathsome evocation of Nixon's – and then Reagan's – Southern strategy, replete with lame-ass dog whistle language and with a heaping side order of smugly entitled white privilege. Samantha Power lost her position with the Obama campaign for saying what this comment so amply demonstrates -- the Clinton campaign absolutely does not care what damage they do to the rest of America, as long as they get Hillary Rodham Clinton elected. They are doing their level best to ensure that I feel no enthusiasm about helping to boot the Republicans out of the White House, which is quite an achievement.

At least this way we can be sure that Obama will never, ever agree to be on a ticket with Clinton.

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