Obviously, Senator Clinton bears responsibility for once again dragging a non-issue into this campaign in her desperate flailing to find anything
with which to assail a virtually bulletproof opponent — the latest being this risible accusation of “elitism” against a man so clearly
out of her league in that
department. That desperation, however, somewhat mitigates her as the principal guilty party, insofar as she is deeply embedded in this campaign with likely very little rational perspective remaining (though the same cannot be said of those paid to advise her, and shame on them all, too)
. To make matters worse, Clinton is a 60 year old member of the entrenched Democratic “leadership” (and never was a word less appropriate for that sorry group of spineless, self-seeking do-nothings)
; presumably Clinton lost any semblance of honour, dignity or even common sense somewhere between her years as a beleaguered First Lady and the moment she failed to uphold her duty as an American Senator to act in the interests of the American people instead of hedging her bets in the most craven “Yes” vote of her short career as a Senator.
But the bulk of responsibility for the insultingly asinine tenor of the last act of this Democratic primary season must be laid firmly in the laps of the only entity capable of spinning totally irrelevant soundbites, events and analyses into what amounts to a wholesale campaign to destroy the campaign of the only candidate with a snowball’s chance in Tikrit of defeating McBush in November: the American corporate media.
Despite the valiant efforts of Keith Olbermann — and, to a lesser (and less effective) extent, Bill Maher — to inject something resembling sanity and objectivity into the miasma of these media-driven faux controversies, said media has been gleefully complicit in this year’s patented right wing “Swiftboating” of the (presumptive) Democratic nominee. Hell, they couldn’t even wait till the actual nomination took place; as tasty to their ravenous drama-addiction as this drawn-out contest proves, the classic American attention deficit disorder the media both perpetuate and share with their audience will not be denied the opportunity to multitask — hence the breathless declarations, disingenuous hand-wringing and fraudulent analyses of their fictitious controversies in service of two masters, Ratings and Il Duce Corporati.
I have my thoughts as to the veracity of Senator Barack Obama’s stated beliefs and opinions, but once again — as happens every four years come national election season — prefer to restrain my more ruthless insights for the time being, in service of what I hope to hell is the greater good. He may not be the Messiah, but he’s all we’ve got, and I refuse to tie another anvil to his already vulnerable campaign. It will either be John McCain or Barack Obama inaugurated next January; time enough for unsparing criticism once the greater of those two evils has been averted.
I will say this, however: I am absolutely gobsmacked to witness what ought to be the outright laughable and transparent right wing attack machine’s tactics once again transformed into a veritable juggernaut by virtue of its opponents’ apparent total inability to counter it with what ought to be unassailable: the motherfucking TRUTH.