History is a teacher.
Flim-Flam men fear history.
Good citizens learn from history.
We were reminded of the importance of keeping the history of the 2008 election cycle fresh and remembered, not forgotten, during the past week.
In the past week we were flooded with emails from readers who could not access comments on this site and in some cases could not access the site at all. Many felt isolated but more importantly they were concerned about missed posts and comments documenting the occassionaly ugly parade of history. Some of those that post comments wanted to share in the conversation regarding the events of the day and found themselves unable to do so. [n.b., those access problems are now resolved.]
Some that found themselves unable to comment wanted two particular stories discussed and not forgotten.
The first story was the possibility of Chris Matthews running for the Senate from Pennsylvania.
The long history of Matthews’ misogyny and ugly conduct towards Hillary Clinton is an historical fact not to be forgotten.
The issue of a Big Media blowhard who debased our elections and continues to do so from behind a television network desk is another historical fact not to be forgotten.
Phil Singer, formerly of the Hillary Clinton campaign said:
So when one of the network’s most visible anchors is reported to be exploring a run for elected office, the network has an obligation to remove that person from its airwaves. At the very least, it must disclose any and all deliberations and actions being taken by that person to explore a run.
Media Matters has documented the conflict of interest of Big Media Matthews remaining as a broadcast warped personality.
Noting the interview question raised by Singer, Huffington Post political reporter Jason Linkins wrote the same day that “Singer should take a peek at some of Matthews’ interviews with Rendell from over the past year! They are highlighted by a lot of gooey ass-kissing.”
Indeed, examples over the past year of Matthews’ gushing over Rendell during interviews with the governor or when talking about him are numerous, and include the following:
The list is too long and too nauseating to enumerate here.
Politico published several articles discussing the preparations by Matthews for a potential run and that perhaps the election talk is just a ruse to get more money from the mess that is NBC.
The DC gossip Wonkette, thinks a Matthews run is “doomed” (and takes another East Coast gratuitous slap at Governor Palin):
However, Matthews is destined to lose because he is always running off at the mouth, plus he is insane, and nobody wants a spit-speckled maniac for a senator unless they are from Alaska. But that won’t stop Chris Matthews!
It is the historical record and work from many Hillary supporters that will doom Matthews. We do and will remember. History is our teacher.
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The other related story that is to be examined is the Caroline Kennedy grab at the Senate seat held by Hillary Clinton.
Leave aside the historical fact that Caroline Kennedy has been lightly, but not particularly engaged in the issues of the day, aside from cavorting with Uncle Ted and Barack Obama, for several decades.
Whatever happened to dynasty? Dynasty, not the old television show, but the issue of dynasty. It was the issue of dynasty that so consumed PINO Big Blogs and other assorted Hillary Haters earlier this election cycle.
On May 7, 2007 we wrote The Hillary Clinton Dynasty :
The dynasty argument is silly on its face, but it is actually much more pernicious and sophisticated than it appears to be. [snip]
The origin of this “dynasty” argument, as in most things anti-Clinton, has its roots in Republican strategy. In 1994 Democrats had controlled Congress for 40 years. Newt Gingrich was determined to get as many Republicans elected as possible and end the 40 wise years in which Americans kept Republicans from controlling congress. Newt Gingrich and his rabid band of Arriana Huffingtons knew that if they were to take over the congress they needed a gimmick to get them to that majority. Newt and his Republicans came up with a truly novel idea: get rid of experienced lawmakers. They called their gimmick “term limits”.
The idea behind term limits was to blast loose as many Democrats from political office as possible and break the 40 year Democratic grip on power.
The Republicans abandoned their calls for term limits as soon as they were in power. It was Obama and the Dimocrats who waged the war against experience this election cycle in full imitation of George W. Bush.
The Republican attack on experienced lawmakers for their own political advantage is now a tool employed by fake “progressives” for their political and financial advantage.
Many of the fake “progressives” picking up pitchforks to attack Hillary obviously support other candidates. The big blog owners have financial stakes in bringing Hillary down and in increasing their influence in politics. Like the 1994 Republicans screaming for “new blood” these fake progressives are interested in promoting their political power over the interests of Democratic voters.
We noted then and note today
We do find it interesting that now that the first likely woman president is running that Republicans and fake “progressives” have discovered the evils of dynasty. Are there any functioning dynasties in America today and should they stay in business? Should we throw out these dynasties?
Whether it is the Rockefellers or the Udall men not one shout of “dynasty” has been heard. Now we have Caroline Kennedy coveting a Senate perch and eyes grow misty. Not a word is heard about dynasty or restoration.
Chris Matthews too would follow in his brother’s footsteps, but no word is heard at NBC/MSNBC about dynasty.
Many want to forget historical facts and want us to stop remembering.
But for us, History is our teacher.