Tuesday, January 08, 2008

shorter ruth holladay

shorter ruth holladay: video footage of hillary crying in new hampshire proves that hillary is worse than nixon!


...seriously, folks, this is the pettiest, worst kind of gotcha politics. it's like the "dean scream" but possibly even more shallow and irrelevant. this is exactly why i'm not really following the presidential primaries: the fact that we're discussing hillary's tears instead of... i dunno... her policies shows how utterly broken our political system—and especially our political media—truly is.

7 comments:

Wilson46201 said...

The always-perceptive and astute Abdul Hakim Shabazz said Hilary Clinton's tears set back the cause of female elected officials about 100 years.

stAllio! said...

i expect that kind of silly crap from abdul. but i'm still a bit disappointed when ruth engages in it.

arratik said...

Matt Stoller @ Open Left pointed out yesterday that when you see someone like John Edwards get choked up on the stump, the media calls him "passionate". Hillary Clinton dares to display a shred of humanity, and she's branded as "hysterical".

I'm no fan of Clinton's, but the double standard displayed here is disgusting. And, unfortunately, par for the course.

varangianguard said...

Maybe, Ruth was only comparing the Hillary incident with Nixon's "Checkers" speech?

Oh, and Wilson? That "always perceptive and astute" comment, using the same tone that you meant it in, often describes you as well.

Wilson46201 said...

"Varangian": there's an old Arabic saying apropos your comments: the dogs bark but the caravan moves on...

varangianguard said...

Well, I havent' been around quite that long to know.

Wilson46201 said...

It's likely the real Varangian Guard heard the expression in the original Arabic...