Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Voices in their heads

From the annals of WWTSBQ, senior editor Michelle Cottle at The New Republic published an attack-Hillary campaign column, "Voices in Her Head, Inside Hillaryland's fatal psychodrama."

Can the faux press present themselves more obnoxiously and with more blatant bias? Note the side order of misogyny. Wooo! Hillary is not in control of Team Clinton and not suitable for the Oval Office. And yet, voters keep voting for Hillary Clinton. Oh, the enigma!

Cottle leads off her column:

By the time Hillary Clinton's campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle finally packed up her lovely corner office ... [blah, blah, blah...] ...Penn had attended a March 31 meeting with the Colombian ambassador... [blah, blah, blah...] ...resembles an unruly rock band plagued by dysfunction and public infighting... [blah, blah, blah...] ...insiders acknowledge that the former president has never been wholly manageable... [blah, blah, blah...] ...has publicly admitted his wife gave him a talking-to about keeping his yap shut on the matter.... [blah, blah, blah...]'s a wonder Hillary could keep a grip on her message at all.... [blah, blah, blah...] ...even as Hillary's chances of capturing the nomination grow ever more remote... [blah, blah, blah...] ...Whether driven on by dedication, desperation, or delusion, some of Hillary's not-so-happy warriors find themselves unable to give up the fight--not just against Barack Obama, but also against each other.

See? I saved you from wasting your time with mind-numbing, yawn-inducing piffle. And why should you waste your time reading TNR? As the General summed up:

It's not easy to market yourself as a magazine for progressives when you consistently offer yourself up to the neocons like a gaggle of strapping young Republican men at a Patrick McHenry "greek night' party, but somehow you've managed to pull it off.'s much harder to see why your right-leaning Democratic subscriber base would continue to support you when you attack their candidates. And that's exactly what you did when you skewered both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in your latest issue.

But then again, it's not really their politics that bothers you, is it. It's more than that. Looking at the Clinton piece, it's obvious why you went after her. The cover, article, and photos were a celebration of misogyny. All of the best old stereotypes were there. She's hysterical. She's a slave to her hormones. One is left wondering whether you believe that she should be forced to prove she's post-menopausal, lest she nukes Kansas while under the spell of a menstrual rage?

'Nuff said.

TNR nausea scale: 10.