Won’t Someone Think Of The Poor Pundits?

The 2016 Goat Rodeo!

The 2016 Goat Rodeo!

I’ve been greatly amused reading the national press and pundits that the Democratic nomination process is somehow failing because one Democrat’s campaign is surging, and another is allegedly flailing, and the rest never really launched or got traction with voters.

Out here in Washington (the other Washington) the Democrats on the street reaction to Bernie Sanders campaign surpassing Hillary Clinton’s campaign is greeted with pleasant smiles and a twinkle in the eye. Inside the beltway, it is met with the villagers lighting their hair on fire.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. It was supposed to be a repeat of Clinton v. Bush, a dynasty blow-out. The horse race was supposed to be one thorough bred versus another for the return to the Winner’s Paddock for the big cup. villagers are stomping their tiny feet that they are not getting the story that they wanted and counted on

And so we citizens are treated with the false equivalency of Sanders = Trump and extremism, Extremism, EXTREMISM! and the Media asks who is going to save the Dims from themselves:

I thought that this was the way the primaries were supposed to work. One candidate wins, the others don’t. If the winning candidate is a long-shot dark horse, well, that’s a pretty good story and one would think the press would be interested in that, but instead we have the whisper campaign that Someone Else Is About To Jump In and Save The Dims From Themselves.

“Enter the race Joe Biden,” the pundits scream.

And so far no one is saving the pundits from themselves.

(On a side note, Brother Charles Pierce is calling for Clinton to go “Fiorina all over their asses,” i.e. fire her entire campaign staff and start over. So even the great ones are not immune, or maybe I’m misreading him?)

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7 Responses to Won’t Someone Think Of The Poor Pundits?

  1. roket says:

    Unfortunately for the pundits who will not be able to write their think pieces in advance, this is the way the process works on the Democratic side. In fact that’s how it worked last time when Obama beat out Clinton in similar fashion to what Sanders is doing now. On the republican side not so much. Those candidates are usually preordained. However, when you have 17 (18,19,…?) bleating goats vying for position I’m not sure how they will be able to come up with a ‘both sides do it’ piece when the republican party explodes come convention time.

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  2. maggie says:

    hi there…cute article. yes…who will save the pundits from themselves. having voted for nader in 2000 the better strategy is to green the democratic party…by voting green locally and dem (HRC) nationally to avoid hanging chads…and shrubs for appointed prez….someone who can actually get in the white house….Cheers, Peace, Maggie

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    • tengrain says:

      Hey Maggie – Welcome to MPS, it is good to have you with us.

      Agree with you, absolutely. Our policy here is that the primary is where you vote for your aspirations and ideals, and when the general election comes around it is time to be practical (and maybe hold your nose when you vote). I was a nader voter in 2000 also.

      Our other policy here is that we will not trash the candidates on the Left. We’re taking Reagan’s 11th Commandment and applying it to the Dims (whether they deserve it or not), and we will not trash talk them. We didn’t follow that rule in 2008 and to this day I miss some of the Scissorheads who felt betrayed by our taking sides.

      Rgds,

      TG

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  3. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    Damn, now I want an Enter the Biden poster. Know any photoshoppers? 😉

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  4. Pissed in NYC says:

    Bernie doesn’t mince words and you can’t really write a puff piece about him. In short, he’s all about issues and policy. Of course those lazy epithet-of-choice are appalled. DC is a fucking pit. One good thing about the oppressive humidity we’ve been suffering through–and I do mean suffering–in NYC is knowing that as bad as it is it must be worse in DC. It’s a drained swamp.

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