In Other News, Snowballs Thrive in Hell

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God in Heaven, I found myself agreeing… with David Brooks. Pigs, aloft as far as the eye can see, are vying for airspace with monkeys recently launched from, er… I’ll spare you the details.

 David Freaking Brooks. I’ve read him in the Grey Lady, and watched David Brooks on Jim Lehrer’s News Hour for years. I’ve laughed at him, mocked him, and thrown balled up socks at his smarmy visage. I consider him a boot licker of first order. He inspires hope in me, as his positions are ususally holey and under-supported. If this was what progressives were up against, prevailing was the only option.

It would take a miracle for Brooks and me to align our stars. That, or a village.

Hillary, the village idiot, put together what my husband, lifelong Republican, could not. Brooks and I are joined at the hip, at least temporarily, because of the selfish, blindly self serving, machiavellian, ego-centric, destructive and defectively conceived Clinton campaign. Did I leave anything out? Not according to me and my new BFF Brooks:

Last week, an important Clinton adviser told Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen (also of Politico) that Clinton had no more than a 10 percent chance of getting the nomination. Now, she’s probably down to a 5 percent chance.

Five percent.

Let’s take a look at what she’s going to put her party through for the sake of that 5 percent chance: The Democratic Party is probably going to have to endure another three months of daily sniping. For another three months, we’ll have the Carvilles likening the Obamaites to Judas and former generals accusing Clintonites of McCarthyism. For three months, we’ll have the daily round of résumé padding and sulfurous conference calls. We’ll have campaign aides blurting “blue dress” and only-because-he’s-black references as they let slip their private contempt. — David Brooks

This crap is in full swing at this point, and the irony of me bashing Hill in this post is not lost on me. You won’t, however, ever hear me get into anything about Monica’s dress. That wasn’t her fault, and frankly, I felt sorry for her that her husband couldn’t keep his pants on while spotlit as President and embarrassed her publically. That said, I will get all down her case for having him give interviews during her campaign to Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. WTF? It’s a new low every day, with more to come.

For three more months (maybe more!) the campaign will proceed along in its Verdun-like pattern. There will be a steady rifle fire of character assassination from the underlings, interrupted by the occasional firestorm of artillery when the contest touches upon race, gender or patriotism. The policy debates between the two have been long exhausted, so the only way to get the public really engaged is by poking some raw national wound.

For the sake of that 5 percent, this will be the sourest spring. About a fifth of Clinton and Obama supporters now say they wouldn’t vote for the other candidate in the general election. Meanwhile, on the other side, voters get an unobstructed view of the Republican nominee. John McCain’s approval ratings have soared 11 points. He is now viewed positively by 67 percent of Americans. A month ago, McCain was losing to Obama among independents by double digits in a general election matchup. Now McCain has a lead among this group.

For three more months, Clinton is likely to hurt Obama even more against McCain, without hurting him against herself. And all this is happening so she can preserve that 5 percent chance.

When you step back and think about it, she is amazing. She possesses the audacity of hopelessness. — David Brooks

I choose hope over hopelessness. I choose clear thinking over Hail Mary passes. I choose leadership over vindictiveness. I choose love of country over love of self. I choose Obama.

Oh, and David, Baby. Call me! Mwah!

2 Responses to “In Other News, Snowballs Thrive in Hell”

  1. Christopher Radulich Says:

    Isn’t fighting against the odds the very meaning of the audacity of hope?

  2. Jet Netwal Says:

    I think the point Brooks is making is that there are odds, and there are insurmountable odds, CR. That said, touche’. :-)

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