Thursday :: May 1, 2008

Case Study


by Turkana

There's a diary up at the Big Orange Obamablog that pretty well defines Clinton Derangement Syndrome. It's high on The List, so I won't bother linking it, but the essence is that if Barack Obama doesn't get the Democratic Nomination, a lot of African Americans won't vote, come November. The tone of the diary is supportive and sympathetic. Because we all know what a good thing it would be to let McCain win. I didn't bother with the comments because I care about my mental health, but I'm sure they were mostly even more supportive.

Among the disconnects from that little thing we call "reality," the diarist seems upset that the media are now reporting that Obama's campaign is struggling. Which clearly flies in the face of the fact that the polls show that the Obama campaign is struggling. But my favorite part of the post is this:

If Hillary Clinton had won 11 straight contests as Obama did, the commercial media and the Democratic Party would have declared the race over. If Hillary Clinton had the commanding delegate lead Obama has now the commercial media would be calling her a sore loser.

Back in the land of the rational and historically accurate, Eric Boehlert had this, yesterday:

History continues to unfold on many levels as the protracted Democratic Party primary race marches on, featuring the first woman and the first African-American with a real shot at winning the White House.

Here's another first: the press's unique push to get a competitive White House hopeful to drop out of the race. It's unprecedented.

Looking back through modern U.S. campaigns, there's simply no media model for so many members of the press to try to drive a competitive candidate from the field while the primary season is still unfolding.

Until this election cycle, journalists simply did not consider it to be their job to tell a contender when he or she should stop campaigning. That was always dictated by how much money the campaign still had in the bank, how many votes the candidate was still getting, and what very senior members of the candidate's own party were advising.

But the fact is that the Obama campaign is struggling. Obama is still clearly the favorite to be the Democratic nominee, but his ultimate victory is now much less likely than it was a week ago. And Obama supporters are upset at the new dynamic, which is largely the Obama campaign's own fault. And they want everyone to know that if they don't get their way, they're willing to tear the party down. Which is why we should respect them and support their candidate.

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