Friday, March 21, 2008

Speaking of "Races"

As I was saying at lunch with a lovely colleague (we were in our outift's luxurious and exclusive aerie, looking down on the Capitol of the Mediocracy and the little people in awe of it), the major media are in a sort of semi-conscious pact to obscure the truth about the election, which in an odd, Oedipus Effect way, helps to change or shape the truth about it. Not so incidentally, they did the same thing in 2000, and 2004.

The truth of all these elections, is that the Republican candidate was and is obviously and grossly unfit for the office. Bush is an unprincipled simpleton, as was obvious to any sentient, impartial entity, the Democrats should have won in a cakewalk. And as Saint John has shown often, he is Bush III, only "meaner and dumber." But the commercial media's mainstream journalists have every reason to obscure the ridiculously lopsided nature of every "race". First, they are reluctant to counter the wishes of their archly Republican billionaire paymasters, who grow ever richer from the carte blanche the GOP gives them gratefully. Second, and more importantly, if they were to speak the simple truth: "They've gotta be kidding! The Republican candidate is a corrupt, incompetent stooge!" -- the story is over. People would tune out, just as they do when the Superbowl turns into a blowout. The journalists would find themselves having to find other stories, real news, or else become irrelevant. And they cannot have that. Above all, above truth, above professionalism, about patriotism, is the neurotic need for people to pay serious attention to them. (They're like three-year-olds in this.) Therefore they keep finding ways to regard egregious ass-clowns as acceptable, even competitive candidates.

It is in this spirit that MSNBC has launched The Race for the White House. The media geniuses at that network have evidently decided it's a safe bet that, no matter how badly things crater from the numberless Republican crimes and fuckups of the last 8 years, come November, it will still be a "race" and so the whole brand of the show won't be a joke. Watch how hard David Gregory works to make sure that it stays a race. Today for instance, he devotes some air time to How Clinton Can Still Win, because that makes it still a race. For a change, folks at The Politico make more sense, explaining why Clinton is, and has been toast, but nobody will report it. Here's the basic point:

"....she has only one scenario for victory. An African-American opponent and his backers would be told that, even though he won the contest with voters, the prize is going to someone else. People who think that scenario is even remotely likely are living on another planet."

If Hillary gave a damn about the party or the country she'd drop out now, and get behind Obama. But she doesn't. She cares above all that people go on paying serious attention to her. Therefore she's going to do everything she can to claw Obama down the drain with her, in the futile hope that she can somehow show McCain up for the mean, stupid, corrupt chickenshit he's degenerated to, and pull some kind of Pyrrhic victory out in November. This will never happen.


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