Monday, January 07, 2008

Lefty blogs complain a lot about the mainstream media's focus on manufactured incidents and junior-high-school level gossip. A few right now are taking time off from that to observe that when John Edwards reacted to second-hand reports of Hillary Clinton getting emotional about something, he didn't seem very nice.

While you're pondering the deep and lasting significance of this singularly important event, here's something to bear in mind: the political wisdom of Leo Durocher. The Democratic leadership we have in Congress right now, like the Giants team that Leo famously mocked in 1946, is full of nice guys who can't win a thing. If electing something different turns out to be what it takes to get a different result, I can live with that.


Blogger Patrick Nielsen Hayden said...

Okay, you can live with shamelessly thuggish sexism. Noted.

(Note that I'm not writing Edwards off. If he pulls into the lead, I'll support him with enthusiasm. But my characterization of your position is easily as fair as your characterization of mine.)

12:16 AM  
Blogger charles said...

Ah yes, that thuggish Edwards --- so thuggish that when he was asked the same question a second time, having had a moment to actually think about things, he said pretty much the same thing as Obama did.

As Tip O'Neill used to say, back when Democrats with power had a clue how to use it, politics ain't beanbag. If we get worked up over every ill-considered off-the-cuff remark from a stressed-out pol (which characterizes both of them, I think), we'll have no energy left for anything that actually matters.

As to the rest --- I was deliberate about linking to Ezra, who gave less context than you, and struck me as going farther overboard. If I'd meant to characterize your position at all here, I would have linked to it.

1:39 AM  
Blogger Nell said...

I'm glad you're blogging again, Charles.

8:19 AM  

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