Wednesday, February 13, 2008

the curious thing about momentum

Holy shit. It's been a few days since I've been on the offensive about Hillary bashing, but today I feel like I'm being bombarded.

In today's New York Times, Maureen Dowd writes, "While Obama aims to transcend race, Hillary often aims to use gender to her advantage, or to excuse mistakes." She ends the article, "If Hillary fails, it will be her failure, not ours."

And when she says ours, she apparently means feminists, or maybe women. Regardless, it's not a very subtle distancing act.

A couple days ago our good friend Sarah posted her interpretation of the 60 Minutes interview that ran last Monday night. She writes:

"Our conclusion was that of the 15 questions posed to Obama, 11 were about political issues or campaign strategy. Of the 23 questions asked of Clinton, 10 were about political issues or campaign strategy."

It's a little scary to watch this all unfolding, especially given that we're just one week past Super Tuesday. Things happen fast. You can't even blink in this political climate without being caught off-guard. Last week Krista was lamenting the way politicians go after each other, the way they turn on each other, longstanding alliances aside. But it's not just politicians. It's the culture at large. And it's definitely media. Because it's not about loyalty as much as it is about jumping on the bandwagon.

I'm still for Hillary, and I beg to differ with Dowd. If Hillary loses it is our fault as much as it is hers---because we stand for the double standards and we buy into them, and we start to believe that Obama is more electable just because he can stand up to McCain---man to man. And I call bullshit on that. It's a lame political world we're subjected to, and it's a sorry excuse to turn on a candidate who's being set up to fail by a media superforce whose favorite pastime tends toward superficial attacks and emotional manipulation. It's exhausting, really. I know I'm tired. I can't even begin to imagine how Hillary feels.


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