The Rovification of the Media and the So-called Progressive Blogosphere
Cross-posted from The Global Sociology Blog.
Anyone, with a functioning brain not demented by Clinton Derangement Syndrome, can see that she is making a matter of fact statement: some primaries go all the way to June. Could she have put it better? Yes, probably. But it does not matter for the media and the so-called progressive blogosphere. Both have decided to engage in character assassination (I am using this expression on purpose) and to distort beyond recognition everything that Senator Clinton will say. We might as well get used to it.
Except the loser in this will not be Senator Clinton. It is the media (whose credibility was already shot after their cheerleading of the Bush administration in the run-up to the war in Iraq) and the so-called progressive blogosphere who was supposed to provide the critical political and media analysis that the mainstream corporate media no longer providing. Liberal bloggers not affected by the rabid hatred of Senator Clinton will have to ask themselves where the blogosphere goes from here.
There is no question that a line was crossed yesterday, by the media and the so-called progressive blogosphere. Personally, it has put me on the fence: if Senator Obama becomes the nominee, do I take a break from politics until November or do I actively campaign against him?
And I would also include in this hall of shame the Democratic National Committee who has had its collective thumb on the scale for Senator Obama, as well as anyone involved in the Democratic party leadership. They are actively complicit in the character assassination and blatant misogyny and race-baiting used against Senator Clinton.
So, what do we know now?
Senator Obama, the DNC, the Obama Fan Base have alienated more and more of the Clinton voters, who happen to be the core of the Democratic voting block.
Senator Obama has benefited from the free help from the media, the so-called progressive blogs and all levels of the Democratic party
But these advantages are not enough: Senator Obama cannot have competition, so, Why Won't the Stupid Bitch Quit already and not behave like the Glenn Close character in Fatal Attraction? Because Senator Obama has never faced a competitive campaign. He and his teams always managed to get rid of competitors one way or the other BEFORE having to compete. And as for his senatorial race, he faced demented carpetbagging Alan Keyes... a hamster would have won that Senate seat.
Oh, and let's look at one of the lamest excuses ever: with Senator Clinton still in the race, Senator Obama cannot focus on Senator McCain and therefore, Senator Clinton is damaging him. Because, apparently, Senator Obama cannot multi-task... but that's ok, multi-tasking is not something potential presidents of the United States need. Besides, we already know he's bored with campaigning and with policy wonkery.
And besides, accepting Senator Obama's inability to multi-task just for the sake of discussion, you know who could be fighting Senator McCain: the fucking Democratic party! Instead of rigging the game for Senator Obama, they could be taking potshots (oops, can I type that? Will I be accused of inciting murder??) at Senator McCain's positions and record. They could be fighting the "independent maverick" BS.
So, I guess this primary has been a learning experience for me and many others. I have not given up. I am still fighting for Hillary. She deserves it and I will not fail her.
What I have learned is that Senator Obama is not a progressive politician, he does not represent anything new in politics, he is not an ally to women nor a promoter of women's rights.
The Democratic party is taking women for granted at its own peril. And guess what, blackmailing us with Roe v. Wade does not work anymore. You know why? Because with a Democratic-dominated Congress, there is no reason to allow a single anti-choice judge to be appointed... if the Democratic leadership had any spine (a big "if" to be sure).
The so-called progressive blogosphere has shown its true colors and they ain't pretty: misogyny, mob behavior, mass hysteria, character assassination, disloyalty to progressive and liberal principles and I am being kind.
The new democratic party that Senator Obama wants to own and control quasi-exclusively is one with a very narrow and exclusive base, after the abuse, insult and ultimate rejection of the core Democratic base. Core Democratic voters and supporters have now to find a new political structure for themselves because if Senator Obama has his way, this is no longer a party where women, working class folks, and generally anyone unprivileged are welcome.
There is still time to stop this insanity and I hope that there are still some adults who can read electoral data at the DNC, rather than go with groupthink and crowd behavior and just the cheer cravenness of the ATM and coolness that Senator Obama represents.
The only legitimate and viable candidate at this point is Senator Clinton and her supporters and voters are no longer in the mood for consolation prize (VP slot) and have seen the Unity shtick for what it is: a shtick, like everything else Obama, it's all style and no substance. And once you get past the inspirational / revivalist style that makes teenagers swoon, there is a pretty nasty core of contempt for "the rubes" and "the dry pussy demographic" and "the women's studies set" or whatever.
Yesterday, you (and we all know who "you" are) crossed a line. But every time you stoop lower than we thought you ever could, you just strengthen our resolve. We will not let you push Senator Clinton out of this race. She will win (hopefully) or she will bow out gracefully, in which case, you're on your own for the rest of the campaign.
And don't bother guilt-tripping us. You made that bed, you now lie in it.