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GOP Opposite Day with Peggy Noonan

So, Peggy Noonan gets all irate because Hillary will not die. She refuses to eat her poison mushrooms. After all that the press has thrown at her, she keeps getting up. Here’s the money quote:

Political professionals are leery of saying, publicly, that she is losing, because they said it before New Hampshire and turned out to be wrong. Some of them signaled their personal weariness with Clintonism at that time, and fear now, as they report, to look as if they are carrying an agenda. One part of the Clinton mystique maintains: Deep down journalists think she’s a political Rasputin who will not be dispatched. Prince Yusupov served him cupcakes laced with cyanide, emptied a revolver, clubbed him, tied him up and threw him in a frozen river. When he floated to the surface they found he’d tried to claw his way from under the ice. That is how reporters see Hillary.

I can think of a couple reasons why Peggy Noonan is having problems understanding what’s going on here but it isn’t nice to call people names so I will refrain from saying that Noonan is intellectually challenged.

The thing is, just because Peggy and her fellow Villagers say a thing over and over doesn’t mean that it is true. For example, you can call a person a loser or say that she’s losing 6 times in the first two paragraphs but when the candidate in question wins NY, NJ, MA, MI, FL and CA it’s kinda hard to make that stick.

But more than that, who decided that Hillary needed to be dispatched in the first place? Certainly no one *I* know felt this was necessary even as far back as the 90’s. Oh sure, there were a lot of Villagers and Republican Elves calling “Fire!” back in the 90’s and there was a lot of smoke. But when it all cleared, it turned out that there was no fire. It was just a bunch of adults with the maturity of adolescents playing with a smoke machine.

Please tell me, Peggy, why should we “dispatch” Clinton? I think the country is starting to catch on to Republican Opposite Day and they’re not listening to the Villagers like they used to. After all, it was Peggy and friends who “dispatched” Gore and Kerry and gave us eight years of George W. Bush, the worst president in our country’s history.

Maybe they’re on to you, Peggy. Maybe when you do the Brer Rabbit trick and try to convince the public that nominating Clinton is a briar patch, it makes her all the more appealing. Maybe, that’s because you guys have lost all credibility.

And I find this bit particularly telling:

The Democrats have it exactly wrong. Hillary is the easier candidate, Mr. Obama the tougher. Hillary brings negative; it’s fair to hit her back with negative. Mr. Obama brings hope, and speaks of a better way. He’s not Bambi, he’s bulletproof.

I find this statement very odd given that Hillary is not allowed to go negative due to her gender. She’s held to a much higher standard on that count. You can *say* she played the race card but logically it doesn’t parse because why would she want to piss off one of her constituencies? It’s OK for Barack to play to identity politics but not so with Clinton. She can’t even aggressively court the female vote. Our media culture forbids it. So, why is it somehow “fair” to go negative on her? What makes it fair? What set of circumstances, character flaws, acts of corruption makes it “fair” to viciously and relentlessly attack her?

If it really was Opposite Day, we could read your column in the correct context: She’s winning, she *can’t* be dispatched because the media isn’t in charge anymore, the voters are. Voters like her, in spite of all your efforts and there’s no reason for her to concede with grace or anything else. You have no legitimate reason, other than she is a successful Democrat, to want to kill her off but you realize that she’s winning and that’s frustrating. And any promises or innuendo that you’ll go easier on Barack Obama because he’s black and the media isn’t into racism is a lie. You Villagers are like children with your hands behind your back and your fingers crossed as you cross your hearts and hope to die.

Must be awful for you to have Hillary melt your lovely wickedness.

Musings on Monday

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  • Where is NYC going to get ticker tape? Do they even *have* tickers any more? I thought that’s what RSS feeds and Blackberries were for.
  • Opposite Day on NPR this morning was celebrated by Mara Liason. She interviewed Republican strategists and pollsters who say that if we give Clinton the nomination, she will lose against McCain. Oh, and Hillary also galvanizes support among Democrats. Gee, Mara, you make that sound like a *bad* thing. Anyway, the Republicans are certainly pulling out all of the stops to get Obama the nomination with the Tar Baby routine. “No, No, Please don’t throw us in the briar patch with Obama! He will *crush* us with independents. They LOVE him. We’d much rather run against Clinton. She’d be a piece of cake to beat.” Also loved the woman said that she would only vote for Clinton if she were running against Osama bin Laden. Well, they are Republicans, after all. No one ever said they could think logically.
  • It seems that there are hordes of Obamaphiles standing on the streetcorners in New York City, harrassing people walking by with chants and general rowdiness. It’s really turning voters off. So, GOOD WORK, guys! Keep it up! Can I get you some coffee and donuts? Maybe a lozenge to keep your throat lubricated? We don’t want you to get hoarse. Just stay out there and give it your all. Don’t hold back. We’re counting on you to win this for us.