by STUBALL, Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 01:33:11 PM EDT
Your Special Comment tonight on Hillary Clinton will undoubtedly garner hundreds of thousands of You Tube hits. It will be greeted by Republicans and Obama supporters alike as a long-deserved comeuppance of Hillary Clinton for all her "sins" of the last fifteen years. You will be applauded and revered by your colleagues. And you will, for a time at least, have lost a good deal of the audience you worked so hard to build. You, sir, will have stepped over the line. You will have morphed, in a few short months, from Edward R. Murrow to Howard Beale. And it will have been your own arrogance, narcissism and hubris that catalyzed your unfortunate transformation. (See Spitzer, Eliot, for an explanation of how this works.)
The reputation of Geraldine Ferraro, a dedicated progressive with a four decade commitment to civil rights, will be collateral damage from your disquisition. I have no doubt you will be brilliant in your evisceration of Clinton and Ferraro. You will be vitriolic, vituperative and venal. You will ooze umbrage. Your transformation will be complete: from "goodnight and good luck" to "I'm sick and tired and I'm not going to take it anymore."
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