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:
- Big-Name Plan B’s for Democrats Concerned About Hillary Clinton
- Bernie Sanders overtakes Hillary Clinton in Iowa
- A striking new poll found Bernie Sanders surging past Hillary Clinton in Iowa
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?)