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Charlotte Speaks

charlottes-webIf you aren’t a current listener of Slate’s Political Gabfest podcast, this latest edition, “Corey’s Gory Story” may not make you a faithful subscriber but it is very revealing.

The three panelists are David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. I hesitate to call them friends because I suspect that David Plotz, the “host”, is secretly hated (or not so secretly) by the other two. He has an odd habit of saying inappropriate things, insulting Emily, pissing off Dickerson and revealing himself to be one of those third wayers that doesn’t really have a defined set of beliefs. He just wants everyone to get along in a way that inconveniences him the least.

So, anyway, after going over the Trump crap on abortion and other recent news, they dive into Hillary vs Bernie and Bazelon says that Bernie is the wrong opponent for Hillary this year because all the “faux” revolutionary fervor is residing with Bernie and not with Hillary. They all agree that Hillary is just not exciting. She’ll never be revolutionary (someday we should discuss slow evolution vs punctuated evolution. I’ll take the latter). Right, like the first female president wouldn’t be a lot more revolutionary than all of the previous male candidates that came before. That’s as far as I’m going to go with the “historical precedent” argument for Hillary’s nomination and election. She’s simply the best candidate on either side of the aisle, she laps her opponents and if you can’t bring yourself to vote for her, you will necessarily have to vote for someone who is significanly less well qualified to be president, Bernie notwithstanding. These are facts. You might not like them but there they are.

But the Gabfest trio laments that she is not exciting. {{sigh}}.

And then, a rare moment of truth.

David Plotz moves on to some recent speech Obama gave where he criticized the press for giving Trump too much airtime and boosting his numbers unfairly. Well, get the smelling salts. Plotz was enraged. Why? Because, he says, Obama owes his nomination and presidency to them, the very same journalists that he is now criticizing. We were totally in the tank for him, Plotz says. In other words, he owes them. He has no right to criticize them. They MADE Obama.

Go to the 40 minute mark and you will be gob smacked by the angry truth. Plotz says that the worst example of presidential campaign coverage is not 2016. It was 2008 specifically because of what the media intentionally did to benefit Obama.  It’s refreshing to finally hear it but it’s also cold because we will never know how much of a difference it would have made if they had just done their jobs critically and honestly.

I think we can all agree that this is what we witnessed in 2008. Obama could do no wrong. Everything he did or didn’t do was covered favorably. Anything Hillary did was picked to pieces, made to look sinister and calculating, and was portrayed in the most negative light possible. So, thank you David Plotz for laying it all out so clearly.

Now, put this together with the podcast of Jill Abramson with Glenn Thrush at Politico last week. Glenn asks Jill, have you ever gotten the feeling that journalists aren’t allowed to say or write nice things about Hillary? Glenn says people who write about Hillary without being negative are criticized by their peers.

Ok, so here’s the scenario we are now facing: Donald Trump may have damaged himself this week because he blurted out what the right wing religious and proud penis wavers have been thinking all along. But there’s still a good chance that he can win the nomination. And if he wins the nomination, he’s probably going to go up against a candidate that the media has spent years flogging for no discernably good reason other than “everyone else is doing it”.

Couple that with the frenzy of feel good, overly emotional, “terrific”, “some pig!” coverage that Obama got in 2008 by a posse of upper middle class, ivy league, “journalists” who will never have to go on Obamacare or worry about whether they have enough money to retire on or whether they can pay for their kids’ educations. They pushed Obama on us with relentless pressure, called his supporters “creative class”, by which they intend to include themselves in the typical over estimation of their own abilities, and deliberately, and to this day, mischaracterize Hillary’s supporters as not just older but downright OLD, less well educated, less energetic, less technologically able.

Is it any wonder, Emily Bazelon, that Hillary’s campaign looks and feels post coital?*

You guys had better do something fast. Now that you freely admit that you have the power to make just about anyone look good, including the moderate, right of center, lackluster Democrat with very little practical experience that you got elected and, more importantly, protected for the last eight years, you know what you have to do. Start doing it. Quit the “Oh, woe is us, what can we do?” moaning about Trump.

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On another note:

Richard Gannon of Spartan Life Coach did a video hypothesizing “what if Donald Trump is a psychopathic narcissist?” It’s just a bit of exploration and I’m sure he’s not the only one who’s tried to figure out if The Donald has Cluster B Anti-social personality traits.

Pay particular attention to what he says about narcissists projecting their fury on people who they perceive as weak. You might be living your life, minding your own business, have a nice career and nest egg, and think everything is fine and dandy. But if you have the bad luck to fall out of that for any reason, watch out. Narcissists will be the first ones to kick you when you’re down.

Is this Trump?

Do you really want to find out?

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* To me, Hillary’s 2008 campaign was exciting. It had plenty of ups and downs and she started to really hit her stride and gave her best speeches when the Obots told her to drop out after she kept winning primaries in big states that I guess they felt Obama was entitled to.

This year, I get the feeling that she is playing it very safe and hewing so closely to Obama that she is turning off the people who supported her in 2008 and the people who did not benefit from the Obama years at. all.  They’ve had 8 long years of having Obama shoved down their throats and got nothing for it. They’re sick of it.

It seems to be the same journalists who perhaps feeling a bit like they bought the most expensive house in a bad neighborhood in 2008, that are forcing her to reassure them that they are still creative and amazing and young and beautiful. They want her to tell them that promoting Obama, not reporting on the skullduggery in the Democratic primary and convention process with any vigor, and gently lifting him over the threshold to the nomination in 2008 was the right thing to do.

This is forcing her to really crimp her style because she never was the kind of moderate, Reagan loving, “can’t we all get along?” guy that Obama was. If they want excitement, they’re going to have to stop applying the brake to her message and try to report on her honestly. Just because it’s truthy to portray her as a scheming, dishonest, collection of everything that is wrong with lady politicians (which means everything, from her hair to her pantsuits to her laugh to her wrinkles), doesn’t make you journalists. And I think we all see that now pretty clearly. We can’t lay the blame for this all on Rush Limbaugh, may he meet his own Charlotte someday.

I keep saying it over and over. What we are seeing today is a legacy of what happened in 2008 when the first party to implode was the Democrats who jettisoned their “old coalition” for a shiny new model. Big Mistake. YUGE.

 

11 Responses

  1. I have been following your blog since 2008, but have never written anything. But in response to this post, which says it all, I just can’t overstate my AMEN!!!

  2. It’s been interesting. The so called “creative class” people who were so prevalent in 2008 seem to have attached themselves largely to Bernie. I’m waiting for her to break through in the general election.

  3. What I find the most frustrating about 2008, even with EVERYBODY in the media against Hillary, she still had a tiny chance to retake a stolen lead, her momentum was skyrocketing, and then she made the airport runway comment. That comment stopped her momentum for about a week, and then her momentum started up again, but that week was the difference maker and that comment gave everyone against her their “aha” moment.

    I’ll never understand how a staff member of hers could feed her the memory as if it were true, and I can see how Hillary believed it because she did have a recollection of the event. You get off the plane and the engines are roaring and its cold so you bustle up and someone guides you along. I just don’t understand why someone on her own team fed her that memory so incorrectly.

    And then there was her campaign manager, was it Penn of Penn and Teller? Telling her that California was a win it all delegate state. He literally lied to her right to her face. These two people should have been arrested and tried for fraud.

  4. Bernie may be for the birds, but apparently he just won Nevada. Some Sanders delegates are telling me that not enough Clinton delegates showed up in Clark Co and she lost by 560 votes.

    • I’m seeing that Hillary won Nevada. Quite handily. With 99% of the vote in she’s beating him by almost 40%. Is The Google lying??

  5. found a speech from Wisconsin of Hillary in 08, how the f*ck did we let this woman slide by and not get her fair and earned roll call? This is it people. Wake up or say hello to President Trump for the next 4-8 yrs

  6. There is excitement for Hillary. It’s just that anytime she wins it’s barely mentioned, but if Bernie wins a caucus where only 5k people show up it’s a huge, important victory and Hillary is on her last limb

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