Obama – Close the Deal? Journo-tainers Stir the Pot

– 25 April 2008, The Almost Daily Binx, San Jose, CA; by Binx101

“… played into the GOP’s hands by dividing and self-conquering. “

Popular television and cable news Journo-tainer Chris Matthews offered what he considered, solid sage advice for Barack Obama  at the close of Thursday’s edition of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews.  We respectfully submit that Matthews needs to bone up a little on his political science and his reading comprehension.  He proposed that Obama would be taken more seriously if he shifted his conversation to taking on McCain and showing what a fighter he can be, just like Hillary.

We demur, despite Matthews’ popularity as a TV Journo-tainer, we respectfully submit that he’s once again fallen off-the-wagon and is making news instead of commenting on it, by manufacturing facts that aren’t facts.  The Democratic nomination process is still underway and as far as we can see – the divisions in the Democratic Party are causing the actual nomination process to be prolonged while they disenfranchise party supporters and have played into the GOP’s hands by dividing and self-conquering.  Barack Obama needs to take on Hillary in exactly the way he is – and the national figures will still favor him – despite the Clinton propaganda machine and “new math.”

“… drive-by paint-ball currently passing for journalism”

Obama isn’t Hillary, and apparently he does not find her style appealing or helpful.  However, we are certain, that if Hillary had determined that Obama’s style, as it were, could be helpful, she’d drop the screeching and nervous laugh and be enrolled in “cool” lessons faster than she was just heard invoking “Noth Caylina,” with her newly re-polished Pennsylvanian, New Yorkish, Ohioan, Arkansan drawl.

Matthews further conflated the facts when suggested that there were three(3) people running for President.  While we acknowledge the corporate Media elite (pardon the expression) would be gleeful for such an opportunity, the simple fact remains that the only person currently running for president – is John McCain.  The Democratic opponent has yet to be determined.  While a three (3) person race might be the corporate journo-tainers’ equivalent of a big-game safari, fully stocked with drugged animals for them to shoot it remains impossible.  For the time being  we’ll continue to suffer the drive-by paint-ball currently passing for journalism. (We do concede that Matthews certainly does understand but struggles to present the facts cogently in fulfillment of his corporate obligation to provide a boat load of fans and carloads of manure in which to hit them.)

“Obama, has not wavered very far from his message of hope.”

Barack Obama is not running for President.  He’s running to be the Democratic nominee.  There is a considerable difference in the latitude provided under the pretense of each.  There is limited opportunity to challenge John McCain while he’s seeking the nomination.  His opponent is Hillary Clinton.  She’s chosen to go for the nomination in what we consider,  the politics of the darkest Democratic past.  Obama, has not wavered very far from his message of hope.

Hillary Clinton has mocked hope as a dementia of the masses, mere wishful thinking and promised hard fisted fighting.  Barack Obama has repeated that citizens will make the difference and their involvement, while Hillary has either mocked his words or opted to incorporate them as needed.  Hillary has a huge corporate machine and Obama has a political machine that ostensibly has risen from grass roots humble beginnings

“Hillary never fails to deliver a completely balanced assortment of demographically nutritious emotions …”

One Clinton characteristic that is amplified by the lengthened primary is that she is by far a reliable and predictable pit-bull of political ambition.  Her focus is unwavering, her ability to attack and fight is admirable.  Admirable in the sense of a guard-dog, but not particularly admirable in the sense of one who is required to pilot a ship of State. One that is admirable in the sense of performing the same trick in a reliable fashion, but not particularly admirable in the ability to represent sensibilities of the shamefully abused middle-class that has been all but stomped out of existence. Stomped that is by the destructive and distracting politics that the Clinton once shunned, but now embraces.

Her demeanor is reflective of the task.  In small community settings she is soft and even lachrymal, yet when counted on to deliver a forceful message she can be Stalinesque, particularly in her gesticulation  and hand gesturing to the Heavens with authority.  Sometimes, listening to her range of emotions, we are carried off in thought to fond memories of the High School Drama Club’s endless hours in preparation of Thurber Carnival.  If nothing else, a mixed bag of emotion as  Hillary never fails to deliver a completely balanced assortment of demographically nutritious emotions selected by the Madame and her Maitres De campaign.

“While their … political affiliation is the same, their leadership style  … from this point is likely to be incredibly divergent. “

Conversely, Obama is generally consistent, but unless he’s delivering a speech that will carry 27 news cycles, the Journo-tainers are crushed.  Take the recent PA Primary concession speech.  In what period of time, in what election has any candidate been criticized for a concession speech being lack-luster?  That’s precisely the consensus the corporate media agreed to this past week.  Hillary, was covered in laissez-faire splendor even though her speech contained at least a dozen factual misrepresentations.  Hey, we’re just paraphrasing Pat Buchanan or Howard Fineman, and it isn’t limited to them.  These are no longer solely Journo-tainers, they have become political theatre critics commenting on what we can only imagine they perceive as fiction.

Chris Matthews’ and his colleagues (with the exceptions of Eugene Robinson and Rachel Maddow)  seem unclear that most of America sees Barack Obama as running against Hillary Clinton for the nomination.  While their general political affiliation is the same, their leadership style and ultimate direction from this point is likely to be incredibly divergent.  The differences in health care is minimal, but these are health care programs that were meant to familiarize the public with theory.  There is no health plan yet. Certainly not one that’s ready to be published, yet they talk about the differences in Health plans that are nothing more than smoke right now and simply meant to pass election muster.  While we have great affection for the Edwardses, they aren’t helping right now.   There is a Democratic primary going on, and while time may be of the essence, they were instructed to sit this round out by the electorate.

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Obama Connects the Dots : Clinton Draws Distinctiions

Party platform, notwithstanding, there is a lot of difference between the approaches of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. So much so, that this may very well be the most important popularity contest of all time. The breakdown of voters displayed by CNN is most revealing (for popularity purposes that is) even if the broadcasters are rightfully struggling to explain them. CNN has done the most to put the information in a simple and useful form. See the <CNN Election Center – Wisconsin Results > Likewise, John King, CNN Political Analyst did a nice job in explaining the trend lines and what they mean. He compared it to an investment in a 401K and it was actually a very simple an effective explanation. No doubt, in a society of diverse opinion, access and potential influence, someone will decry “foul.” Nonetheless, The Almost Daily Binx applauds CNN for delivering useful information in an effective manner – despite the fact that they domicile Larry King.

That brings us to the central point. It seems as though Barack is energized beyond the confines of the typical candidacy, is connecting with most young people and according to much of the information – white males in comparison to Hillary. Hillary commands leads, although narrow, over women in general but the definitely the 60+ group.

That being said, Obama is generating excitement and for the most part – Hillary is generating a lot of mixed activity. Now this isn’t a landslide but if Obama continues to trend in this manner, there won’t be any need for the convention other than unifying the party.

Wait! Unifying the party ?? No easy task.

The Democratic Leadership Committee is dysfunctional – The Democratic National Committee is all about seniority and a ledger of favors – general party politics accounting that is – Hillary Clinton for President is all about DLC/DNC and Obama for President is comparatively brand new. We’ve seen what the ‘party’ will do to those that don’t fall in line. I’ll bore you to tears with stories of them leaving Kucinich to face well funded opposition in Ohio … and what they did to Paul Hackett when he didn’t yield to the DLC and ran in Ohio. He lost to Jean Schmidt by 3.5%. He got no help from the national Democratic Leaders such as Schumer and the DLC crowd that support Hillary. With even a modicum of help – Hackett would have had a great victory -but – they didn’t like his anti-war comments and he didn’t seem like the kind of card carrying party guy the leadership was counting on … so … what to do ??? Nothing else to but – get the Republican elected. They’ve done it more than once. They even managed to assist the Republicans in getting Lieberman re-elected in Connecticut after he didn’t get the nomination by not kicking in to the race because it’s wasn’t important enough. Every wonder how Russ Feingold feels about that ??

Well, The Almost Daily Binx has great hopes for the next Presidential election if the Democrats don’t implode and rig the nomination for Hillary and cause a breaking of the party – don’t count on it – but don’t rule it out. If she were an apparent front runner – that would be something else. But, with the former President as her bull-dog and the coffers and support of the DLC at her aid – Harold Ford, Jr. falling over himself because of his aspirations in a Clinton White House – and the fact that Obama’s message is unifying in contrast with Hillary’s polarizing tendency – not to mention that Clinton represents the AARP version of politics and not the energized set – its starting to become clear that Obama’s plan to simply ignore the fact that Hillary is running is a useful tactic. It certainly has the Republicans energized because they want to run against Hillary. Simply stated, its their only chance to potentially win. Our opinion is that Hillary is beatable by a Republican – Barack is not. Then again – we’re only virtual.