Pardon my French (why is cursing always associated with the French language in America?) but Mark Leibovich’s front-page-hogging piece in today’s Sunday NY Times Week in Review section is such fucking bullshit. The patronizing Boomer-centric tone of it is so annoying that it makes one want to seek out anyone who even looks like they might have attended Woodstock (the original one not the pathetic 90s rehashes or whatever) and give them a good, swift kick in the groin. Of course, I would never do such a thing. Not in the light of day without a disguise (say a rubber Nixon mask) and a getaway car at the ready, anyway.
I have no fucking clue if Mr. Leibovich is a Boomer but his article certainly drips with fatuous Boomer solipsism. Basically this long-winded opinion piece portrays Hilary as some kind of flawed tough but fair parent-creature to Obama. It asserts that her sleazy campaign tactics have served to toughen up an otherwise soft Obama, preparing him for an even tougher general election against the Republican nominee John McCain and the Republican slander machine by using the exact same tactics these opponents will use to defeat Mr. Obama.
Yeah, right. Whatever.
Of course, it is typical of the Boomers to spin this Democratic Primary race to try and put Hilary in the spot light while nudging Mr. Obama to the margins, putting forth what is no doubt the first of many such arguments to asssert that somehow Hilary made Mr. Obama. What bullshit!
Don’t misunderstand. I do not disagree with the points put forth in this piece. In fact, I find all of them to be right on the money. What I take exceptional exception with is giving so much undeserved credit to Hilary and the lack of credence given to Mr. Obama for his political skills, his ability to appeal to a broad and every-growing spectrum of people despite the savage attacks leveled at him every step of the way and of course his fortitude, which simply can not be doubted at this point.
A point to keep in mind, as the articles states: “….Mrs. Clinton, rather than being a spoiler, has in fact been and unwitting mentor to Mr. Obama.” The key word her being “unwitting.” It was never her intention to be any kind of mentor to Obama. She wants to drag him down. But she will fail. She knows it too. Her only chance now is to somehow fuck it up for Obama in the general election so that she can make another run in 2012. Anyone who believes her plan is otherwise is either naive or purposely obtuse or just a liar. Or perhaps a ranting, bald Cajun that bares a strong resemblance to a fucking rodent. Yeah, I’m looking at you Carville.
A QUICK SIDE RANT:Being from the Detroit area and a life-long Detroit Pistons fan, I also took exception with the basketball analogy in this piece that Isiah Thomas and Michael Jordan were made champions in the 1990s through competing against Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. This is not entirely accurate. Of course, competing with Bird and Magic did help make champions out of Isiah and the Pistons. But for Jordan and the Bulls it was more competing with Isiah and the Pistons, who routinely handed them their asses in the playoffs not to mention much of the regular season. It was the Detroit Pistons Bad Boys who broke down and softened up Bird and the Celtics and Magic and the Lakers for Jordan and the Bulls to get their championships.
Anyhoo…back to the Presidential thing.
But in the end, I very much agree particularly with the point in this piece that says that this competitive Democratic Primary has not been and will not be bad for the Democratic Party. It has energized the party and the American people if anything. It has increased voter registration. It has really ramped up youth (i.e. Millennial) involvement, which is may be the biggest plus of all, while reawakening the political involvement of previously apathetic GenXers. I will not use any term even close to revolutionary to describe what is happening. It is certainly exciting and unprecedented. But more than that, it is all too the good. And for a cynicism-prone, too often apathy-indulging GenXer like myself to make such a statement is very encouraging indeed, I think. Don’t you?