“I won’t try for fake evenhandedness here: most of the venom I see is coming from supporters of Mr. Obama, who want their hero or nobody.”
This is what Paul Krugman wrote in his most recent column. Not only is it utterly stupid. But it is false. Anecdotally, the only “my hero or nobody” sentiment I’ve heard has come from Hillary Clinton “camp.” No matter where it’s coming from, though, it should be nipped in the bud.
As a lifelong Democrat who will support Obama at the polls tomorrow, I am ecstatic about my party’s position versus that of that other lame political party over there. We have two candidates who are so good that we cannot even agree on which one to run. Their slate was so horribly awful that it appears that they’re going to end up running a fella they don’t even like very much. Our problem is better.
Make no mistake, though. If Mr. Obama goes the way of the New England Patriots, I will become a Giants fan immediately. That is how it works. It is what you are supposed to do. And, in the case of the Democratic Party, it is not a tortured choice, no pun intended. It is not the lesser of two evils. It is a choice of fabulous over terrific. And that is great.
I emailed Krugman. My email concluded by asking him where in his column, whether directly stated or implied, was his pledge to support Obama should he be the nominee. It’s not in there, though his whole thesis accuses we Obama supporters of threatening to take our balls (huh-huh…he said “balls”) and go home if we don’t get our way. It might lend his own piece a smidge of credibility if he would swear on his beard to support Obama should he receive the nomination. But he doesn’t do that. He just slings mud at “the other side,” which in my mind is just as bad as what he’s accused “us” of doing.
Let’s not us forget what the hell this is. This is primary season. That’s when a party’s nominees duke it out for the nomination. It is a vital vetting process, and, in that regard, it is good it has some life in it despite the best efforts of our state parties and legislatures. But let’s not confuse this for what it isn’t. This is not the general election, and we are not running against the Republigoats yet. Let’s us save our utterly acerbic accusations for them. Support your candidate for nomination, whomever he or she may be. But let’s stop trying to kill the sparring partner. Threatening not to support the “other guy” and accusing the “other side” of doing so is the same stupid game and it does nothing to help put a reasonably sane individual in residence at the White House.
- Why, oh why, such a fuss David Shuster’s comments regarding Chelsea, when a few years ago, it seemed de rigeur for anyone—including the man who is now the presumptive Republigoat nomineee—to comment on the Clinton daughter’s looks? She is of course exacting sweet revenge with her Versaci makeover, but years ago, it was open season on that little girl’s self-image, and the country seemed to laugh it off, no problem. What Shuster said wasn’t cool, of course, and it is apparent that there may be an institutional insensitivity at MSNBC when it comes to broads. But, is this the worst thing ever said about Chelsea in the public eye? You bet your sweet bippie it isn’t.
- By the way, the Feb. 6 rhebus answer is: “I am not a potted plant.”