Both these sites are unabashedly pro-Hillary, which is a nice antidote to all the vitriol I’ve had to listen to for the past several months. But one thing really threw me: They (and other Clintonite blogs) often quote right-wing pundits like Pat Buchanan and Frank Luntz. They point to stories on Fox News and other right-wing media outlets. (Visit them and see what I’m talking about – I just can’t bring myself to link to the enemy…) Today, the indefatigable Taylor Marsh, another Hillary partisan, praised Republic talking head Joe Scarborough (although he is on MSNBC, not Fox News, and has been less conservative lately).
And of course, there’s Hillary herself, who recently sat down with the editorial board of Richard Mellon Scaife’s Philadelphia newspaper to give an extensive interview. You know Scaife – the architect of the Arkansas Project (that’s the “vast right-wing conspiracy” to those who are unfamiliar with the Clinton era)?! And look – there’s my candidate on Greta Van Susteren’s show on Fox News!
What the hell is going on with my world, when the only place I can see or hear somewhat non-partisan opinions on the Democratic race for the nomination is… Bushbotonia? Am I stuck in the Bizarro episode of Seinfeld here?
Well, my little brain was all tangled up with this question for quite some time, and then I finally got it. No, it’s not that traditional media is virulently anti-All Things Clinton and (for the moment) All About Obama. That’s a reason for Hillary to go to the Dark Side, but not for the inhabitants of Mordor to be complimentary – or at least, even-handed – towards her.
Based on the commentary of these righties, I’ve come to believe that the reason has to do with the fundamental nature of conservatives and conservatism, brilliantly detailed in John Dean’s “Conservatives Without Conscience.” In sum: Conservatives are bullies. They only respect you when you stand up to them. And guess who’s stood up to them – and won – for the past 16 years? Why, that would be Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Conservatives have warmed to the Clintons because they wouldn’t back down in the face of an unrelenting attack. That’s really all there is to it. Even KKKarl Rove admitted that he would rather run against Obama than Hillary. (No, I won’t link, but it’s out there.) And frankly, this somewhat revoltin’ development is yet another reason to want Hillary to be our Democratic nominee. She’s shown she knows how to win over the other side – and as I’ve been saying for a long time, it’s not by holding hands and singing “kumbaya.” And if she has won the respect of Republics, who by and large are disenchanted with Bush and also don’t like McCaca, then who is REALLY the more electable candidate in November?
Food for thought, no?