The Confluence is a place for unreconstituted Hillary supporters who have not embraced our new president. I’ve never fully understood the true ideological and demographic makeup of the not-over-it crowd. I certainly understand lingering bitterness. If Hillary had won the nomination and become president, I would have had a hard time fully embracing her presidency. If she had made Obama her secretary of state, I think that would have helped a great deal, but I’d still feel pangs of regret and ongoing frustration.
The Confluence isn’t odd because it is a community of Hillary supporters. It’s odd because it is a community of factually-challenged Obama-haters. For example, they still think Hillary won the popular vote. But, she didn’t. Despite their delusions, I have to agree with them that it is ridiculous and unseemly for Evan Thomas to go on teevee and say this:
EVAN THOMAS: Well, we were the good guys in 1984, it felt that way. It hasn’t felt that way in recent years. So Obama’s had, really, a different task We’re seen too often as the bad guys. And he – he has a very different job from – Reagan was all about America, and you talked about it. Obama is ‘we are above that now.’ We’re not just parochial, we’re not just chauvinistic, we’re not just provincial. We stand for something – I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God.
It echoes Chris Matthews’ comment about George W. Bush, that “it’s not always there, but sometimes it glimmers with this man, our president, that kind of sunny nobility.” It’s not the job of Washington journalists to shower adulation on our politicians. It’s their job to keep them honest. How can we possibly believe that Evan Thomas is an objective reporter when he is comparing the president to God?