I lived with my grandmother for some short stretches of time when I was a kid. I had a tiny little bedroom tucked under the eaves with a window that overlooked the woods adjacent to the house. Every night, my gran would turn down my bed and send me comfortably off to sleep. And then, some eight hours later, there would be a sharp THWAPP!, the shade on that window would fly up and flap, flap, flap and my gran, definitely a morning person, would sing in a loud voice:
“Lazy Mary, will you get up, will you get up, will you get up
Lazy Mary, will you get up, so early in the Morn-ning!”
Irritating? You betcha. But very effective.
Last night’s Virtually Speaking featured two bloggers who sounded like they got the Lazy Mary treatment. After a week of outrages, the left blogosphere is waking up to the very real scenario that they picked the worng guy. Very wrong. Marcy Wheeler (aka emptywheel) and Stuart Zechman are finally outraged. They have reached the stage of outrage and righteous indignation that we felt in 2008 when Obama and the DNC decided that votes for Hillary Clinton from the big states did not count (or if you were living in MI or FL, counted for half a person). Doesn’t feel so good, does it guys? And he doesn’t have to listen to you. Nope.
What’s more disturbing is the number of somewhat reasonable bloggers who started to doubt Obama some time ago who are railing against Hillary now. It’s like bombing Iraq for something Al Qaeda in Afghanistan did. Some have even suggested that Hillary is some nefarious anti free speech authoritarian Josephine Stalin, chasing down Julian Assange, disconnecting Wikileaks from the Tubez and personally ending the free internet as we know it. They overlook the fact that the long awaited State Department cables were released and circulated for days before any action was taken by Amazon to stop hosting Wikileaks. They forget that Hillary has handled this crisis in a cool, level headed fashion with steely resolve and that this may have a stabilizing effect on diplomacy. But what really seems to be incensing them is that the rest of the world isn’t incensed with that brazen hussy. Give it a rest guys. And I do mean guys. Your pathology is showing.
What it it about Hillary that drives guys straight into crazyland anyway? Do they secretly regret not voting for her now that she’s shown herself to be the real deal and Obama’s, um, not? Now they must punish her for being who we always said she was? Does she make them feel impotent that they can’t validate all of the crazy ass shit they threw at her? That’s she’s not that bad, seems to know what she’s doing and that the cables haven’t uncovered any smoking guns against her, or at least nothing the general public isn’t perfectly willing to live with?
It’s not our problem if they made a monumentally huge mistake in 2008. They’re the ones who chose to overlook the fact that the party, with Obama’s blessing, trashed the fair reflection of 18,000,000 Democratic primary voters. Yep, denied them a voice, stole their votes, stole whole states of delegates at the convention and these blogger activists raised nary a peep. It’s a little ironic now to be accusing Hillary Clinton of authoritarianism after the fraudulent sham primary elections of 2008 where the rest of us were shut out of the democratic process and were told to surrender our votes to the Lightbringer. You didn’t really think that you were exceptions to the rule and that Obama was going to give you a seat at the table and treat your concerns seriously after you just stabbed half of your party in the back for him? Did you?
But the constant harping on Hillary, blaming her for everything they don’t like about the Obama administration is starting to verge on self parody. Get over it, guys. If you wanted less of a unified executive, less torture and no wars, you shouldn’t have voted for a man who was too greedy for power to wait his turn and too inexperienced a politician to deliver those things for you. And in case you aren’t aware, acting on the things you care about is not Secretary of State’s job. She doesn’t get to make those decisions. Hillary Clinton is not the president. Remember? You had a hand in that. Therefore, you can’t hang the albatrosses of this administration’s failures around her neck. Obama is the guy who is perpetuating wars and torture. Obama is screwing over the unemployed. Obama is the guy who appointed the catfood commission. Obama is the guy who is negotiating to give away whatever is left in the safe to the uber wealthy. Obama is the guy who appointed the FCC regulators overseeing the Comcast dispute with Level Three. Obama is the guy who is blowing you off.
Hillary is only the secretary of state who is diligently doing her job, which is limited to diplomacy.
I think we know how the next couple of days will go. The Marcys and the Stuarts will continue to fume indignantly about how Obama betrayed them but the CDS trolls will infiltrate their blog comment threads and the trigger words will come out, “NAFTA”, “Welfare Reform”, “triangulation”, will be repeated ad nauseum to the vulnerable to get them back in line. Nothing is scarier than the prospect of having another Clinton in the White House. Let’s not even go there.
Well, if that’s what they want. I guess they’re stuck with Obama then, because the other proposed candidates for primarying Obama are non-starters. They are still living in crazytown if they think that they can appoint the next candidate to run for president and that the other uncouth, dirty working class side of the party is just going to go along with it. The rest of the party doesn’t much care for their way of getting presidents. Denying people a real choice is a sure fired way to reduce the size of your party.
So, they can continue to knock themselves unconscious bashing themselves on Hillary Clinton’s image, a lot of pointless sound and fury, signifying nothing. If they want to complain about Obama and make an impact, beating up on his secretary of state whipping boy is about as ineffective a strategy as they’re going to get. Direct your ire at the man in charge or continue to be rudely awakened.
For the record, here’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on internet freedom, about as close as she’s going to get to influencing domestic policy on the issue:
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