The Juice de Balloon

If you don’t read John Cole and Crew over at Balloon Juice, you are missing out.

Nobody better for a combination of intelligent, biting criticism and expletive laced snark. Bonus Points for him being the ur-Obamacon (along I guess with Andrew Sullivan).

He is particularly on target lately against Hillary (warning: some very harsh descriptive language) in her recent tirades against Obama’s “bitter” comments. The latest of which consists of (I s–t you not) photos of Hill-dog taking shots and chugging brewskis and talking about shooting ducks as a girl. If Obama is supposedly so elitist with his comments, what does it say about a woman worth in the ballpark of a 100 Mil to reduce people (and how they will like her) to her getting hammered and firing off a few rounds. That’s not condescending, excuse me?

To channel Cole for a sec, if you’re gonna lie to me, screw me, and leave me in the morning, at least make me believe it. Bill could do that–I mean on a political metaphorical note (not literally with the Bill reference). He gave me a bunch of BS but at least he could carry it off. She is just transparently bad it’s sad. I feel really awful for her. Honestly. But if you’re gonna do it, do it well or do it not at all. She’s the worst of both worlds on this one.

On one level I genuinely feel for the woman. But she doesn’t do herself any favors that’s for damn sure. She was great at the Compassion Forum tonight. But that is just one side. Carl Bernstein here on the other.

Here she is total wonk, uber-ambition, and the embodiment insider whose run (let’s be honest) possibly the worst campaign I’ve ever watched in my life at least on the Prez level (yes even worse than Al Gore 2000 or John Kerry 2004–not coincidentally run by the same guy whose not on her Hillary’s staff so she is without excuse) and this is what she is reduced to. That she just couldn’t see this was going to be a year for change after eight years of a failed presidency I just don’t get. Yeah I can see the in 2006 the Democrats ran on competence, but all she had to do was eek out a bit of the change message and get out ahead of that one and no one would be mentioning Barack Obama. And further she would be in the easy driver street to being President of the United States.

So while I feel for her in some ways, I also think she has nobody to blame but herself.

Here’s Cole:

If the party elders (are there any?) can not figure out what this power-mad lunatic is doing to not only Obama, but the goals of the party, and if they can not realize how she is simply, in her quest for the Presidency, reinforcing the bullshit Republican narrative, then the Democrats don’t deserve to win. If people can not stand up to Clinton and call her on this crap, we deserve four years of McCain.

Apropos of which is this story from The Scotsman saying JImmy Carter and Al Gore are going to push Hillary out (perhaps in concert with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid) either by A)going to her privately and telling her time to call shop (after Penn I would say) or B)announcing for Obama and then superdelegates follow (Gore not Carter–Christ somebody keep him out of Gaza and talking to Hamas please. He already ruined his presidency does he need botch someone else’s before he even gets elected).

The Scotsman is the paper you may recall that broke the Samantha Power “monster” comment. Why the Scots are playing a role in this election I have no idea but they can join Canada and Colombia in a weird three-way. On the other hand, it’s all anonymous sources and Carter backed off this morning on This Week with George S. But he also repeated the Nancy Pelosi line that the superdelegates should vote for the pledged delegate winner (though he also said they were free to judge on other terms, simply that was his opinion on the matter).

Here’s Obama hitting back hard. This is some fire and he’s getting back into his transformational mode of speech. If anybody thought this dude was “weak” and unable to fight back, that accusation is dead.

Published in: on April 13, 2008 at 7:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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