krugman springs eternal

12Feb08

We’re all so very aware that we’re witnessing history in this primary. First time this far for a woman as well as for an African American. This breaking-new-ground aspect to the history we’re all witnessing has been presented like it’s the first man to climb Everest or the first woman in space.

We’re all proudly marking this “event” as a groundbreaking national moment.

Well. Maybe not everyone.

I predict that this will be the least interesting aspect of the 2008 presidential race to historians and analysts, many of whom are already at work trying to figure out, or straighten out, what is going on here and why, and later, answer the all important question as to what really happened in this election cycle. God forbid McCain wins the election in November.

I can hear the grim narrator’s voice as Frontline takes apart the Obama campaign and the “movement.” The too numerous to laugh off Republican Party spokespersons and other voices from the right saying that Obama is the stronger candidate and, by the way, a likable enough fellow; that they were hoping to run against Hillary Clinton, who would fire up their base and go down in flames. The anti-Clinton bias at the Washington Post, MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times (with the exception of Krugman) and throughout the establishment press, and on and on.

The better part of the journalistic profession, the progressive and far left press, is going to be running this tape back for the rest of our lives if John McCain is elected president and they’re not going to give a shit about these impressive national firsts.

They’ll be interviewing Paul Krugman in these pieces.

Here (actually, in his column) Krugman laments something I pointed out here first around a week ago. That is, how disturbing it is that the Obama campaign, the candidate himself, and his followers, have gleefully taken up the tactics and exact charges the right wing has been using to attack the Clintons forever. It was a ready made arsenal.

Hate Springs Eternal – Paul Krugman

“I won’t try for fake evenhandedness here: most of the venom I see is coming from supporters of Mr. Obama, who want their hero or nobody. I’m not the first to point out that the Obama campaign seems dangerously close to becoming a cult of personality. We’ve already had that from the Bush administration — remember Operation Flight Suit? We really don’t want to go there again.

What’s particularly saddening is the way many Obama supporters seem happy with the application of “Clinton rules” — the term a number of observers use for the way pundits and some news organizations treat any action or statement by the Clintons, no matter how innocuous, as proof of evil intent.”

A Calumny a Day To Keep Hillary Away – Stanley Fish

“These Clintonphobes said things like “there’s nothing to like about her”(394) and wrote at length about her clothing, her voice, her laugh, her arrogance, her “countless plastic surgeries” (an inference it would seem from the fact that at 60 she still looks good), her insincerity, her stridency, her ambition, her love of power, and her husband. In their view, the hatred they expressed was not irrational at all, but was provoked by record of crimes and character flaws they are happy to rehearse. Their mirror image on the left objected to my saying that President Bush fills the same role for liberals that Clinton fills for her detractors. No, no came the protest. However free-floating hatred of Clinton may be, hatred of Bush is firmly grounded in the record of a disastrous presidency that has left us at war, in debt, and in bad odor throughout the world. The two groups differed only in the bad qualities they attributed to their nemesis. Bush haters derided him as stupid. Clinton haters complained that she is too smart (the word “brilliant” is used as a pejorative), seems to know it all, and makes those who hear her speak feel they are less intelligent than she is.”

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