Frank Rich: Act Like Grownups

Frank Rich nails it again.

...and so the Democratic stars are rapidly aligning for disaster. Mrs. Clinton is no longer trying to overcome Mr. Obama's lead in the popular vote and among pledged delegates by making bold statements about Iraq or any other issue. Instead of enhancing her own case for the presidency, she's going to tear him down. As Adam Nagourney of The New York Times delicately put it last week, she is "looking for some development to shake confidence in Mr. Obama" so that she can win over superdelegates in covert 3 a.m. phone calls. If Mr. Wright doesn't do it, she'll seek another weapon. Mr. Obama, who is, after all, a politician and not a deity, could well respond in kind.

For Republicans, the prospect of marathon Democratic trench warfare is an Easter miracle. Saddled with the legacy of both Iraq and a cratering economy, the G.O.P. can only rejoice at its opponents' talent for self-destruction. The Republicans can also count on the help of a political press that, whatever its supposed tilt toward Mr. Obama, remains most benevolent toward John McCain.

This was strikingly apparent last week, when Mr. McCain's calamitous behavior was relegated to sideshow status by many, if not most, news media. At a time of serious peril for America, the G.O.P.'s presumptive presidential nominee revealed himself to be alarmingly out of touch on both of the most pressing issues roiling the country...

Let the side bar diarists slam Obama and Clinton to their hearts' content. After all, they're the customers.

But it's time for the front threaders at MyDD, the "proprietors" in the position of responsibility, to stop fanning the flames of division with derisive comments about the candidates and their supporters.

They should instead be promoting harmony rather than indulging their own passions.

Tags: clinton, mccain, MyDD, obama, rich (all tags)



Re: Frank Rich: Act Like Grownups

Frank Rick is by far the smartest, shrewdest, most articulate progressive columnist in America.  He OWNS the New York Times. No one else even comes close.

by greenboy 2008-03-23 09:27AM | 0 recs
Re: Frank Rich: Act Like Grownups

No kidding. General Tony McPeak compares President Clinton to Joseph McCarthy. James Carville likens Governor Richardson to Judas. If Tony and James were my kids, I send them both to the time-out corner. Sheesh!

by Not the only Dem in KS 2008-03-23 10:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Frank Rich: Act Like Grownups

I'd be more likely to take them both out to the woodshed for a sound thrashing.

If I believed in corporal punishment, that is... ;-)

by Swedie 2008-03-23 11:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Frank Rich: Act Like Grownups

As a theater critic Frank Rich was known as a megalomaniac who would punish actors and shows that did not give interviews to his then wife Gail Winston an editor and writer. Rich's reputation for being less than balanced and willing to shill for or punish others goes back long before he wrote political op-ed.

by Jon Winkleman 2008-03-23 11:36AM | 0 recs
Re: Frank Rich: Act Like Grownups

Another corrupt fella siding with Mr. Clean.

by Sandeep 2008-03-23 12:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Frank Rich: Act Like Grownups

Nice sentiments. Unfortunately that is not going to get Obama the presidency. The cow is out of the barn. Obama is unelectable.

by everyvotecounts 2008-03-23 12:03PM | 0 recs
Obama is "unelectable?"

A self-fulfilling prophesy that is nevertheless pure conjecture. He certainly has a infinitely better chance of being elected than Hillary does of being nominated.

It's time for the Clintons and their operatives and supporters to stop damaging Obama in a quixotic attempt to overturn electoral reality, while only helping Bush to get his third term in the process.

Put down your bludgeons and accept the fact that Obama will be the Democratic nominee.

by Liberal Avenger 2008-03-23 12:18PM | 0 recs
Hillary is NOT Acting like a Grownup

Won't let Hillary's team win? Then Hillary's team will slash the ball open with their switchblades and spoil the game.

by Lefty Coaster 2008-03-23 12:51PM | 0 recs


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