Lately, I’ve been thinking that Keith Olbermann’s “Special Comment” segments have been a little out of hand.
When he first took on Don Rumsfeld in August 2006, it was necessary. Rumsfeld had severely insulted a majority of the American people. His arrogance and his hubris had led him to draw a nasty exclusionary line regarding dissent in America. Olbermann’s outrage at the time was well placed and, indeed, necessary. Lately, though, I’ve thought the thing has become somewhat of a gimmick for Coundown and that he’s tended to go a little too veiny-forehead-hockey-dad* on us. But you can bet that I was all about the one he offered last evening about Hillary “Ghandi Ran A Gas Station Down In St. Louis” Clinton. Olbermann’s point is spot-onâ€”not only is uttering the “a” word inciteful regarding my man Barack H. Obama. It’s inciteful regarding herself as well. And she really should have known better since not even a week ago failed presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made the same error.
However, it occurs to me that all the focus on her use of the “a” word detracts from the other disturbing, disingenuous point Clinton was trying to make in front of that editorial board. To claim that you don’t understand why many want you out of the race? It forces one to ask a question we’ve asked about The Current President a thousand times: Is she stupid, or is she lying?
Mrs. Clinton: The reason many want you out of the race now is because you can’t win the nomination by any legitimate process, because the only way you can win the nomination now is by making the rules and credentials committees push this shit to the convention floor and to force the entire convention to allow illegitimate primary results to stand. Also, because the Democratic Party needs to start running against John McWeirdsmile, who has run unopposed since March 4 and who has run such a horrible campaign that, had Obama been allowed his rightful nomination, he would have been able to tackle McCain below the waist at least a dozen times by now. And, oh yeah: Because you are an asshole.
The fact that she can feign a lack of understanding of that basic idea is outrageous, even more outrageous than “invoking a nightmare.” It belies a candidate who is out of touch with the facts, either by character or by design. Remember, this is a candidate who has most recently attempted to conflate the Michigan and Florida problem as an issue of civil rights and/or voter supression. If you enjoy having a President who is comfortable with ignoring the facts in front of her face, then let’s just coronate The Current President for life. K?
Oh, and by the by, she’s also flat-out wrong (or lying). Bill Clinton had the nomination pretty well sewn up by March 20, 1992, when Paul Tsongas dropped out of the race (I always did like that Paul Tsongas), leaving only Jerry Brown to oppose him. Clinton clinched the nomination on April 7 by beating Brown in New York. It did not take Bill Clinton until June to wrap up the nomination. Her other historical example, aside from the chilling use of the “a” word, also draws a big “yeah? so?” Political seasons were different in the 1960s. John F. Kennedy declared his candidacy in January 1960, and Robert Kennedy declared his candidacy in March 1968. Of course he was still campaigning in June. He hadn’t been running for years and years in the maddening fashion that we do it these days. Here’s a tip: If you’re going to use bad historical analogies to justify your own candidacy’s wretched perversion of the democratic process, spend a little time on the Google first.
Hillary Clinton’s candidacy is over, it was over when Barack Obama swept the Potomac on Feb. 12. He should have been allowed then to ride his momentum all the way to the Presidency. At this point, the Democratic Party will show up in Denver so bruised and divided that we will be lucky if John McWeirdsmile doesn’t secure himself a mandate come November.
“You know that old Beach Boys’ song? Bomb Iran? Bomb bomb bomb…anyway…uh…”
If this happens, I hope the good people of New York will see fit to send Mrs. Clinton packing from the Senate in 2012.
And now, just to share one of my favorite examples of Hillary Clinton stepping in it, an encore embedding of “Ghandi Ran A Gas Station Down In St. Louis…” What an idiot.
*…stolen from Celebrity Mole champ Kathy Griffin…thanks…