Democracy Has Prevailed.

August 26, 2008

Willful Amnesia

Yes, Hillary Clinton's behavior as the runner-up in the Democratic primary is atypical to say the least.

She's actually been far more loyal to the party and much more supportive of the winner than any number of men who came in second with far less votes. And yet the media continues to "whack her around like a piƱata one more time, regardless of the facts."

From Media Matters:

Searching the recent news archives, it's hard to find many articles or television segments that reported on Clinton's symbolic nomination and also mentioned that runner-up Jerry Brown had been nominated in '92 or that Jesse Jackson had been nominated in '88 or that Gary Hart had been nominated in '84. (You get the idea.)

When The New York Times reported on Clinton's pending nomination, it made no reference to historical precedents. Neither did The Boston Globe, nor The Wall Street Journal, nor The Washington Post. And on and on and on.

On CNN, Jack Cafferty commented, "The Democratic National Convention is now shaping up to be quite a party for Hillary Clinton. Her name will be placed in nomination. She'll give a prime-time address." He made no mention that that's what previous runners-up had done at conventions.


("Overall, between 1972 and 1992, 10 Democratic candidates who lost the nomination in the primaries went on to have their names formally placed in nomination at the convention."), it also pointed out that Clinton represents the only runner-up to speak at the convention who formally endorsed the party's nominee months before the convention; i.e., all the others grudgingly held out on endorsing their rivals.

But not Clinton. Yet she's the one slimed by media venom.

Meanwhile, let's be clear: Clinton isn't the only injured party here. After the press constructed the phony premise about Clinton's convention speech, critics then used it, unfairly, to tag Obama as a softie who can't even stand up to a woman. (Gasp.)
There they go again!

Read the entire article here.

(h/t to Shakesville)


Sherry Pasquarello said...

sad but it's what most of us have come to expect.

but we can VOTE. that is what we have to do.

m dachshund said...




Joshua said...

I heard a PUMA from the Ohio Valley call into C-SPAN. Oy, how can we get it into these guys' heads that Obama is looking to be his own man, and that's why he didn't pick Hillary? Or is it that they really wanted Hillary to undercut Obama should she have been elected VP? And what is it that they see in Hillary that isn't in Obama? Obama doesn't know what it's like to be in a working-class family? What type of dope was that guy smoking, because I would have liked to take a hit of that if I were a pot smoker (which I'm not, I don't like foreign things in my lungs that shouldn't be there). This is getting to be Ravenstahl-supporter stupid. Heck, I'm sure if it were up to him, Ravenstahl would be re-elected in 2009!

John K. said...

John K: I love when left wingers bash left wingers.  Operation Chaos and Limbaugh came thru again.

John K. said...

John K: Exactly when was Hussein Obama in a working class family?  What type of job has Obama ever held?  Selling crack cocaine in college does not count. This guy attended a private school in HI and sends his kids to a private school.  And of course this option is encouraged by all Democratic candidates eh? LOL LOL Too easy folks.

John K. said...

John K: Dachshund...actually Hillary Clinton can't hit a baseball.  Or throw one.  She throws like a girl.  No homerun for her.

EdHeath said...

Well, a brief look around the internet says that Obama's grandfather was a furniture salesman and unsuccessful insurance salesman, and the grandmother worked in a bank when Obama moved back to Hawaii in 1971. Obama did get into the Punahou School. I don't know if the grandfather was really good at selling couches, or the grandmother embezzled funds from the bank. He may have been a scholarship student. Somewhere I saw mention that he was one of only three black students among the 3000 plus students, and this was the time he was getting into drugs, but he still graduated with honors, enabling him to get into Occidental College.

I know you conservatives want to paint Obama is an elitist and simultaneously a bomb throwing radical, but all he seems to be is a smart (but somewhat troubled) scholarship student.