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The Audacity of Hopelessness, a New York Times article showing how Bush-like shock-and-awe thinking is what sank Hillary against Obama's grassroots organizing campaign. It's quite stunning.

Date: 2008-02-24 05:02 pm (UTC)
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Good read there.

Did you see the SCREECHING she did at Obama yesterday? If this isn't a self-destruct I'll be surprised.

Date: 2008-02-24 05:39 pm (UTC)
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As counterpoint, I rather liked Teresa Nielsen Hayden's commentary here:
It’s grieved me to see the Clintons behave poorly. I figure they’re going to behave worse before the election’s over, and have years to regret it afterward. But right now, they’re in the middle of a political campaign, and their job is to fight. (Y’all have more than once gotten angry at candidates in that position who haven’t fought when they should.)

The political commentariat knew Obama would be a candidate. Some of them thought he’d be a remarkable one. But what the whole Obama thing has grown into, what it may yet become—that, they didn’t foresee. Did anyone, with the possible exception of Barack Obama? So we’re all astonished. The difference between Hillary and the rest of us is, we haven’t bet everything we have on a different outcome.

Hillary Clinton is a good politician and a good candidate, but she’s getting run down by a historic freight train. It’s a strange and tragic thing that she and her husband should both get hit by those. In her case, it’s coming from within her own party. And right now, it’s not her job to see that what’s bearing down on her is a different kind of power.

She and Bill will at times behave gracelessly while it’s happening. We’ll all regret it. But if those two didn’t fight back and keep fighting under pressure, very little of the good they’ve accomplished in their political lives would ever have happened.

Lots of things get called tragedies that don’t really qualify. This one does. Consider taking a break to be quiet and watch.

Date: 2008-02-24 07:18 pm (UTC)
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It made me wince, but I wouldn't call it screeching. I think it's sad to see because she hasn't realized that she has to quit, but like the TNH comment above, I think it's partly why she and Bill have been successful for so long. I also think that Clinton is more used to battle against Republicans than fellow Democrats, and that you can't use the same tactics. Her comments yesterday would have been very good in any battle against a Republican.
Edited Date: 2008-02-24 07:19 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-02-24 07:22 pm (UTC)
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That was quite an article. Thanks for posting it!

Date: 2008-02-25 05:53 am (UTC)
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Thanks Francois. I'm actually rooting for Obama now by the way. With all due realism of course.

Date: 2008-02-26 06:40 am (UTC)
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He's the best of the lot right now. Although I did like Nader's "DC is corporate-occupied territory" line yesterday. But... Bleh.


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