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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008
KRUGMAN SPEAKS: Needless to say, Paul Krugmans new column is very important. Those Clinton rules have shaped American life over the course of the past sixteen years—and the endless use of the Clinton rules has helped the GOP maintain its hold on American power. In their single most important achievement, these rules sent George W. Bush to the White House. (Once there, he sent the U.S. to Iraq.) Krugman explains that here:
For Candidate Gore, as for the Clintons, Krugmans earlier description is perfectly accurate: Under terms of those vile Clinton rules, the press corps will treat any action or statement, no matter how innocuous, as proof of evil intent.
Well disagree with one thing Krugman says; if Obama becomes the Dem nominee, well be surprised if hes subjected to the full Clinton/Gore rules. In 2004, for example, Candidate Kerry didnt get the full treatment; his treatment by the press wasnt good—at times, it was horrendous—but important press elements which trashed Gore the hardest plainly supported Kerry. (Chris Matthews and the whole Imus gang, for example.) But lets put that to the side. The public would have been much better served if theyd read columns like Krugmans long ago—if our liberal intellectual leaders had told them the truth in real time.
But alas! The truth about the Clinton rules has been disappeared for all these years, going back to the early 1990s; famous people have shut their mouths well, including many of your great liberal heroes. For that reason, many citizens were surprised when they read Evgenia Peretzs superb report in Vanity Fair last fall. Once again, well ask you to ponder: Why were obvious facts like the ones she discussed being discussed only now?
Hate Springs Eternal, Krugs headline states. For the current work of one major hater, read the post below. This man has hated long and well. He has followed the Clinton rules lovingly.
Frankly, Rich got those basic facts right as he begged the gods for that war. But then, things went straight downhill from there.
You see, Rich is a long-time Clinton/Gore-hater, a man who spent the entire year of 2000 telling you there was no difference between the twin phonies, Bush and Gore (links below). That analysis demonstrated an obvious fact—Richs hatred often makes him see things in a very strange way. When we read the following part of Sundays column, for instance, we recalled one of his stupid (and nasty) past trashings of fake/phony/Clintonesque Gore:
Frankly, thats Rich! Only Rich could see the use of Simpson as one of the Clintons thick deck of race cards. (She was cast in the servile role!) And not only that: There were only scattered black faces in the audience when Clinton spoke that night! But uh-oh! We thought back to what Rich said after seeing Gores history-changing film, An Inconvenient Truth. You see, Rich is a long-time Clinton/Gore-hater. And haters only love one thing—hate:
You see how the world can look when you hate? Clinton didnt have enough black faces—but Gore apparently had too many! When Gore didnt have an all-white crowd, that showed what a big fake he was!
And there you see the vile, purblind soul of a nasty old Clinton/Gore-hater. Talk about a man playing race cards! Frank Rich had no earthly idea how the audiences in Gores film were assembled. But so what? He drew from his own thick deck of cards, criticizing Gore because a few black faces could be seen in the crowd. If we were like Rich, we would have asked this: Is it hard for Rich to imagine that blacks would attend a lecture like Gores on their own? When Rich sees minorities in that crowd, why must he assume they were placed there? In fact, we discussed Richs loony column at great length—without asking such nasty, insinuative questions. But Rich plays such cards all through his new piece—as he begs the gods for that war.
Tomorrow, well take a look at some of the cards Rich chose to play in his nasty new column. For now, lets recall a few more ways this stupid old crone trashed fake, phony Gore—as he continued to trash the film which would change the world and win Gore the Nobel Peace Prize. Just remember what Krugman said about the way those Clinton rules work. Heres what a Clinton/Gore-hater said about An Inconvenient Truth:
See? To Richs sharp eye, Gores warning that Manhattan could end up under water made him a fearmonger, just like George Bush! (Again!) Indeed, the film that would earn him the Nobel Prize was just Gores latest phony attempt to stage a run for the White House! (You know—the run that never occurred?) But then, this stupid old crone had said the very same thing back in the fall of 2002, when Gore rose to warn the nation against going to war in Iraq. He said it because he plans to run for the White House, this stupid old hate-lover said at the time. To quote Krugman: They will treat any action or statement, no matter how innocuous, as proof of evil intent.
Lets review Richs brilliant insights: In 2002, Gores prescient warning about Iraq was a fake/phony ploy in his run for the White House. As it turned out, Gore didnt run for the White House—but four years later, Rich said the same thing about Gores prescient film! And then, of course, the final blow in Richs column: When Gore said he had no plans to run in 2008, that showed that he was Clintonesque! For this stupid group of haters, that is always the crowning blow—the cherry they toss atop the pile, on their bonfire of nasty inanities.
So remember who this old crone is when he begs the gods for that war. For ourselves, we too would be (mildly) curious about the fact that no blacks asked questions at the Hallmark event; we wonder what the Clinton campaign would have said if Rich had bothered to ask them about it. (Who knows? Maybe he asked, and got an answer that didnt help his column.) But Frankly, only Rich could see Simpson hosting that night and run right to a nasty old race card—to the old racial insult, servile. But then, Rich has a keen eye for racial bad faith. Remember: In Gores crowd, he saw too many blacks. In Clintons crowd, not quite enough.
But thats the way these old crones work; its the way theyve worked for the past sixteen years. It isnt just crazy-kook Dowd, after all. Tomorrow: Frank Rich begs for war.
PLAYING THE CLINTONESQUE CARD: For these barely sane Clinton/Gore-haters, it has always been the last word: Rich said Gore was Clintonesque as he trashed his fake/phony film. He then rushed off to share his views with his favorite racial healer, Don Imus. Speaking to his deeply sensitive friend, Rich said An Inconvenient Truth is like at the high end of those good-for-you movies that you used to have to watch in high school. Good God! As it turned out, that good-for-you high school movie won director Davis Guggenheim an Oscar. Richs utterly brainless remark helps show us how hate dulls the senses.
But then, Rich hardly started this nonsense. Seven years earlier, Margaret Carlson called Gore Clintonesque when he dared to get off his stool to answer citizens questions! See THE DAILY HOWLER, 1/24/08, to get an idea of what Krugman meant when he said that these Clinton/Gore-haters treat any action or statement...no matter how innocuous, as proof of evil intent. (Or bad character.)
In closing, lets make sure we understand what a crackpot Rich has been on these subjects. To Rich, Gore was a fake during Campaign 2000. Two years later, Gore was denounced as a fake when he warned about going to war with Iraq. Four years after that, Gore was denounced as a fake when his film came out—the film which changed the world and won that Oscar. Indeed, it was only when Gore won the Nobel Prize that this big crone came to see things anew. Now, Al Gore is the worlds greatest man—so declared by the worlds dumbest hater.
Rich has lived by those Clinton rules. Tomorrow, he begs for that war.
VISIT OUR INCOMPARABLE ARCHIVES: Rich has trashed Gore down through the years. For our six-part review of his endless bad judgment, see THE DAILY HOWLER, 6/9/06. Frank Rich has lived by the Clinton rules. The whole world has paid a large price.
PART ONE—A VERY GOOD QUESTION: In the past year, MSNBC has begun assembling quite an impressive track record. Three high points stand out:
Gee. Does anyone see any possible patterns emerging from this conduct? Lets see: The Rutgers women were hos. Hillary Clinton is an uppity strip-teaser who has a shrill voice and a laugh thats a cackle. And of course, shes been pimping out her daughter. Can anyone see any possible pattern in the conduct at this broken-souled channel?
Clearly, one of this networks patterns involves kooky gender disorder. As has been clear for many years, this dumbest of all the cable networks (oh yes—even dumber than Fox) has been packed with knuckle-dragging, white male throw-backs—the sorts of fellows who are reminded of strip-teasers (Matthews) when a woman runs for the White House. Matthews has been a visible gender nut for a long time. Only now, after many years, libs and Dems have begun to fight back.
But another pattern is evident here—and this one involves party politics. More particularly, it involves the mainstream press corps sixteen-year war against both Clintons and Gore. This brings us around to a very good question posed by a Digby commenter.
On Friday, Digby offered this sensible post about this networks long-standing gender disorder. One of her commenters—a sensible person named Ellie—offered this perfectly sensible question about a public crackpot, Chris Matthews:
Thats a perfectly sensible, very good question, posed three days before Krugmans column. What has enabled this mans Clinton-hatred? Before we answer that very good question, well look at a new profile of Matthews—and at a whole lot of comments.
TOMORROW—PART 2: Unheard of! A profile of Matthews!