What could be better, I wonder, for conservatives than the leftwing having bought into every pernicious lie about Hillary Clinton and every bit of misogynist framing used against her in the 90s (instead of, ya know, just discussing her very real limitations as a candidate without all the seething, mouth-foaming hatred), while simultaneously having carried Barack Obama on their shoulders past the usual meticulous vetting and weakness-probing required of a national candidate (instead of, ya know, just discussing his very real strengths as a candidate without all the pretending he has no room to be even stronger), and then having collectively promulgated the total horseshit that Hillary now cannot win, just in time for any Obama misstep to be blown up into a potentially candidacy-killing drama under the totally true premise that the left has been careless about its due diligence on its leading candidate?
Or how could the left promote one candidate with more baggage than Marie Antoinette headed to a month long stay at the summer palace on the one hand, and also promote an unknown - who happened to sound good and look attractive - without doing the hard work of vetting him prior to his candidacy and then possibly watch the wheels come during the general election when that 'due diligence' is done by hostile forces?
Well, some of the due diligence is being done by hostile forces. Most of it is being done by the Clinton campaign, which is why the right is all for Ms. Clinton remaining "strong" and "staying in the race". The negative Obama litany is building and I'm of the opinion that while you may not see much of a slide in numbers among Democrats, the real slide is taking place in the critical indpendent vote.
The best laugh of the McEwan post came in this paragraph:
I mean, how great has it worked out for conservatives that the reality-based community has failed utterly to perceive a comprehensive reality about either of its remaining candidates, not to mention cast aside all that rigorous adherence to fairness, accuracy, and cynicism about the media and rightwing frames on which the leftwing blogosphere was ostensibly built?
I'm not laughing at McEwan, I'm laughing about her characterization of the so-called "reality-based community" and her apt analysis of how unreal it has actually been about all of this. It is as if the scales have been lifted from her eyes and she is seeing for the very first time what everyone has been seeing since the inception of that "community".
We're going to go into the general election with what looks to be a weak candidate either way, when we had the chance for the total opposite. And that won't be Barack Obama's fault, and it damn sure won't be Hillary's, no matter how many of the numbskulls who got us here try to blame her for their own idiocy.
And the Republicans ask the "reality-based" band to "play on".
The Democratic primary system is a disaster. It has dragged on for what seems like an eternity, and it has turned what most on the left hoped would be two strong candidates into targets by keeping them front and center in the political news cycle. And the inevitable has happened - the candidates have gone after each other. It has made for some unseemly moments, embittered many supporters of each candidate, and generally killed the sense of euphoria the left felt previously when viewing its presidential field (McEwan's remarks being typical of that point). Of course, the result has been to reintroduce the baggage Clinton carries, and, as McEwan points out, to finally see candidate Obama properly vetted - but not in the way or arena it should be done if you want to win the White House.
The left, as usual, has managed to really mess up what should have been a cake-walk this year (that's not to say they won't emerge as victorious, but they sure are working hard to prevent that it seems). You can't help but laugh and shake your head a bit as you watch this train-wreck proceed.