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The Rovification of the Media and the So-called Progressive Blogosphere

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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.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

It is appalling. The Dem leadership does not have to support Hillary but they should at least have some semblance of integrity and fairness. They have lost most, if not all of their credibility with me.

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Submitted by rjpjr on

Every time you think they can't sink lower they find a way to. Yes we can! Sink even lower that is.

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Submitted by cenobite on

Won't happen. Sen Obama doesn't get enough of an advantage from it, and I can't see it being in Sen Clinton's interest.

We'll be lucky if he doesn't pick Chuck Hagel, cause unity is for Republicans. (Not for YOU. Not for a HIPPIE.)

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Submitted by amberglow on

less and less who he picks--i'm disgusted with the ways they're trying to get rid of her, and with his refusal to fight for or even engage with the many millions who didn't vote for him, and the remaining votes to be cast--or to fully count FL and MI.

as of now, i'm leaving the top slot blank when i go vote in november--it'll be the first time i leave any vote un-cast when there's a Democratic candidate to vote for.

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Submitted by OxyCon on

You've got alot of company.
May I make a recommendation?
Do as I have done, and get out the return envelope from the latest letter you've gotten from the DNC asking for some of your hard earned cash. Then take out your voter registration card and with a Sharpie© pen write "GO TO HELL" on it, gently cut it into 4 pieces, stuff it into the return envelope and write "Attn: Howard Dean" on the bottom of the envelope. Then go register as an Independent, because the Dem party is not worthy of your time or trouble.

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Submitted by Nervine5 on

would shadow my soul, voting O whiner, (cookoo man) would shadow our nation. Thus I have come to believe that voting against the cookoo person is good for the nation. ;-). Despite any brevity, I will truly vote against this 'Poser'.

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Submitted by basement angel on

progressivism and Obama as nominee and/or president would deny us that. . Obama is aiming for a realignment of parties and will sit perched like a king for a brief period of time. King Barack - King of Men.

Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus, and we petty men walk under his huge legs, and peep about to find ourself dishonorable graves.

I wonder if I can get in trouble for quoting Shakespeare?

If we are the ones we have been waiting for, then we have met the enemy and he is us.

Submitted by jawbone on


Suzie Madrack noted that in her dismissal of the Drudge-induced dredging of the bottom of journalmalism as practiced by the MCM.

She nailed it. Even tonight, my NYC metro area local news was covering this. Sheesh.

This is the media which never covered the Downing Street Memos, of course. Among other important things.

*MCM-Mainstream Corporate Media, now infecting some blogggers

Submitted by lambert on

... and this, is that in 2004, the press had some credibility. Unlike the press of today, where spittle-flecked K.O. is the norm.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by bringiton on

I think that latest KO rant clip is up over at HoPuff HuffPo. Well worth a look; I was actually concerned for his physical health. He ran through literally every fake scandal they've drummed up, what was I suppose intended to be a litany of her sins but actually came across as a frustrated raging recitation of everything the MSM has tried to stain her with that's failed. If Clinton stays in this much longer, he'll stroke himself.

Submitted by lambert on

Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.