Update II: Here is a little example of how Big Media spins stories against Hillary. Politico tried to be clever and instead showed its stupidity: No points for figuring out why Hillary picked Iowa for her first ad. Not only is she trailing there (or running roughly neck-and-neck with Edwards and Obama, depending on which poll you read) but she had to put out a fire this spring when an aide suggested she essentially ignore Iowa. No mention that, duh, Iowa is the first state to vote in the nomination process nor that Obama has been advertising there nor that Edwards has started a 7 day bus tour of Iowa nor that Obama will be in a 5 day bus tour, nor that there is a big debate this coming Sunday in — Iowa. Instead Politico chose to misinform its readers by impllying that Hillary is now trailing in Iowa (all the latest polling information shows Hillary surging and in first place) and drudging up an old memo.
Update: The link above is to Hillary’s new Iowa ad. It is a lovely ad featuring Iowa voters — which should play well with Iowans.
We have had some Big Media requests for comment on yesterday’s AP article claiming a Hillary nomination would be a drag on the downballot state races. We tend to agree with First Read that the Rove story has stepped on this drag of a story so we almost left our commentary to the comments section. We decided to respond to the AP story because this is always a favorite theme of Big Blog Naderites. It’s also Big Media stenography, not reporting, or in any way insightful.
The AP article by Ron Fornier quotes nameless fainthearted Democrats without identifying their self-interests or ties to candidates running for president. Some of these confused “leaders” claim to support Hillary. If they think Hillary will be such a disaster why would they really support Hillary? Or are they lying to a reporter to help their chosen candidates? The article does name and quotes acid remarks by Andy Arnold, Chairman of the Greenville, South Carolina Democratic Party but leaves out that Andy Arnold is an old Edwards friend and backer. You should have warned your readers of Andy Arnold’s ties to John Edwards in order to really inform them, not misinform them Ron.
Here are some more quotes from a previous Andy Arnold interview
“Every Democrat running on that ticket next year would lose – because he’s black and he’s top of the ticket. We’d lose the House and the Senate and the governors and everything,” said Ford, who is black.
He drew widespread criticism for his comment and later apologized.
But the AP interviews suggested the view is prevalent among blacks, along with concerns across racial lines about whether Obama has enough experience to be president. Greenville County Democratic Party chairman Andy Arnold hears it frequently among blacks, who are supporting Clinton in greater numbers in recent polls.
“A lot of the African-Americans are with Hillary because I think they don’t believe white America is ready for a black president,” said Arnold, who is white and uncommitted in the race. “They want to win and so in a way, I think it is a barrier to him. And it may be more so in the South where the remnants of the old South are still in the older folks mind. They just can’t believe in their right mind that white folks will elect a black man president, so let’s not put ourselves through that agony.”
Hey Ron, Andy doesn’t seem too happy with Edwards either!
“I think Senator Edwards, fairly or unfairly, has come across in this campaign to some as being less than authentic,” said Andy Arnold, chairman of the Greenville, S.C., Democratic Party.
The Bible of Big Media (The Hotline) amazingly has this comment: “AP reports that Dems see HRC as a drag on downballot races. Didn’t losing Dem cands say the same thing about Gore and Kerry?” We will add, they said the same about Dean and every Democratic candidate.
Even as Hillary defeats all Ripublican candidates, according to the latest polls, the narrative pushed by some elements of Big Media, aided and abetted by Naderites and Big Blogs is the canard that Hillary can’t win or will hurt others. Since the Hillary Can’t Win canard has been effectively dispatched the canard du jour is the drag on the ticket canard. [See also Texas Tough and Hillary Can’t Win, Again]
As noted in a comment by Admin in the previous post:
“Obama’s name on the ticket will almost certainly boost the number of African-Americans at the polls, so Democrats finally have a chance to pick off a state or two in the South, right? Wrong. According to Thomas F. Schaller, author of Whistling Past Dixie, an uptick of black votes in the South is usually offset by retaliatory voting from whites. And while Obama is not positioning himself as a Sharpton or a Jackson, postracial campaign themes won’t matter much in places where GOP voting is still wedded to racial hostility. Schaller doesn’t call it a “blacklash” for nothing.”
The AP article also noted the Obama “problem”.
Obama has much lower unfavorability ratings than Clinton, though Democrats say he may have his own problem _ that of race. It’s hard to measure the impact of being the first party to put a black at the top of the ticket, Democratic leaders said.
So Democrats you should give up. Hillary is a drag, Obama is a drag, and Edwards did not win his own home state in 2004 and is way behind Hillary and Obama in the Carolinas in 2007. So give up Democrats, go home. Forget that Hillary beats all Ripublicans in the polls. Go home and worry and whine.
For the record once again: any Democrat nominated by the Democratic Party will be attacked and attacked viciously, relentlessly, dishonorably, and unfairly. But Hillary will fight and fight effectively. Hillary will not be swiftboated and then wait weeks to respond. Hillary will not be swiftboated.
What will quickly and effectively unify the Ripublicans?
One word: weakness.
The Ripublicans are now discouraged. They know Hillary will unite the Democratic Party and run an intelligent and courageous and effective and successful campaign. Hillary will deflate and demoralize the Ripublicans because they know she will win.
The Ripublicans will unite and be happy and encouraged if they think they can win. If they smell blood in the water, or fear, or inexperience they will unite into one angry pack and gnaw and bite and chew on Democrats everywhere. They will attack the weak, run away from the fearless and strong.
Democrats will not let fear choose their nominee. The united Democratic Party will win with Hillary.