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torsdag, januar 10, 2008

The stupidest day

I’m inclined to believe that New Hampshire was at least somewhat about race. It’s true that white people simply do lie to pollsters. We know for sure that it was in large part about gender. Watching the boys gang up on Clinton in the debate, watching John Edwards play the masculinity card, watching Obama play the arrogance card and, finally, seeing Clinton pilloried by the chatterboxes for doing what the same pundits said she was incapable of: women were clearly moved by all of this. I was as well. The result is that the horserace between Obama and Clinton continues. I have no predictions as to how it will shake out in the end.

I’ve not experienced a stupider 48 hours in American politics than the one that preceded the New Hampshire primary. Let’s review:

A pack of Ron Paul supporters chased Sean Hannity through a parking lot.

We had a national discussion about Hillary Clinton almost crying.

John Edwards entered this discussion by attacking her for it.

The Edwards blogger who once endangered his race by saying ridiculous things about Catholics stormed off to the Obama camp.

Barack Obama compared himself to MLK and JFK.

Hillary Clinton compared herself to LBJ.

John McCain won the New Hampshire Republican primary again.

I feel you, Hillary. I’m pretty fucking choked up myself.



Anonymous Anonym said...

Yes, stupid and frustrating.

Good luck, Obama. You will need it.

- Gabe

PS - Take a look at James Kirchick's piece in The New Republic on the far right world that Ron Paul comes from. It goes a long way to validating your piece on Paul being deeply anti-progressive... and to making your Paulist progressive acquaintances seem like fools.

torsdag, januar 10, 2008 3:10:00 p.m.

Blogger fredrik said...

See it from the positive side. Presidential candidates wants to compare themselves with MLK, JFK (and RFK) and LBJ. And it's still a "frontrunner" (even if I think Edwards in reality is out of the race after Obama got the union endoresments in Nevada) to the left of them. It must say something about a shift in the political climate in America. Now we just have to wait for someone to compare him/herself with FDR.

fredag, januar 11, 2008 7:16:00 a.m.

Anonymous Anonym said...

Sure, I guess that's one way to look at it. My problem is more that an arch third-way centrist is the new LBJ, a post-race economic moderate is the new MLK and the real new FDR is out of the picture. It's a sign of how far we've fallen. It doesn't improve when people simply make comparisons....


fredag, januar 11, 2008 1:36:00 p.m.

Anonymous lidija said...

Look! FDR!


fredag, januar 25, 2008 9:20:00 a.m.


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