Ex-Dem Prez Candidates Implosion

I’m not a huge fan of the I told you so moment, but I did call this one.

With news out in this last week of Edwards’ affair and Clinton’s psychodrama in the campaign, I knew from the biographies of both those characters they should not be prez.

Now even I didn’t think Edwards would be as stupid as to commit an affair, but all you needed to know was the story Bob Shrum told in his book about how Edwards told in hushed voice John Kerry about how he dedicated his life to doing good over the body of his dead son–and that he had never told anyone this.  Except that he had told it to Kerry before.  Yikes.

For Clinton, Josh Green’s awaited (now available) piece in the Atlantic.  Not pretty.  Though not surprising to me.  Read those emails and then imagine that multiplied by a kratrillion in the White House.   As to the Candidate of Experience:

Above all, this irony emerges: Clinton ran on the basis of managerial competence—on her capacity, as she liked to put it, to “do the job from Day One.” In fact, she never behaved like a chief executive, and her own staff proved to be her Achilles’ heel. What is clear from the internal documents is that Clinton’s loss derived not from any specific decision she made but rather from the preponderance of the many she did not make. Her hesitancy and habit of avoiding hard choices exacted a price that eventually sank her chances at the presidency. What follows is the inside account of how the campaign for the seemingly unstoppable Democratic nominee came into being, and then came apart.

To be fair, this is the exact same thing with McCain.  Ditto on this front.  Just look at the bio and how he runs his campaign–disorganized, not interested, cynicism mixed with political exhaustion, aristocratic entitlement, Rovian impulses taking over, cattiness, it’s all there.

Obama’s political bio on the contrary suggests an extremely shrewd calculating and uber-ambitious dude.Which actually I’m not that opposed to in politicians.  I figure they are all going to be ambition machines and fairly unlike the rest of mortals but I’d rather they at least be effective at it.

Yeah there’s the tendency to idolization (or at least knowing that is out there and at best not squashing it, at worst amplifying it) and the closed-mindedness of their circle and that will be some ugly dividends down the road to be sure (if elected).  But again in the comparison actual candidates as opposed to some abstract discussion of what should be the case, he still comes way ahead.

Obama took flack from the McCain campaign when news leaked that Obama’s people are already thinking about how to run the Executive Branch.  For McCain’s tired tirades that was another sign of Obama’s hot dogging it/already got in the bad mentality.  But actually what it really says is that McCain and Crew haven’t given one thought to what they would do if they won.  Which you may recall the election is in November and you take over the Leadership of the FREE WORLD in January so two months a bit is not exactly a proper time frame for this sort of thing.  [Which is why we always end up with poor transitions in US presidents].

Certainly the latter option is worse than some egoity.

It’s sometimes (often?) said that it is ironic that Obama the so-called inexperienced one is the one running the more effective campaign.  But there really isn’t anything ironic about that.  He ran against two carpetbagged Senators from safe districts who never had to run really competitive races in their life.  [McCain is just trying to re-run the script used against him by Bush].   They didn’t have to hustle for it and it shows (showed in the case of Clinton).  He actually thinks about what he is doing, works at it, works hard at it, takes seriously group cohesion (contra Clinton) and group loyalty (as opposed to a bunch of individuals loyal to Clinton as their substitute mommy displaying sibling rivalry).  So what exactly is surprising about the outcome?

Published in: on August 12, 2008 at 1:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

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