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The only theory I can come up with? Is that the New York Times is trying to single-handedly launch a recreation of the Russian Revolution on American soil.

Y’know, because of the wait times.

Via Gawker:

But the word in Democratic circles is that Hillary – after being rejected by Obama as his running mate, the position given to Sen. Joe Biden – made it clear to Obama’s camp that she wanted to be appointed to the Supreme Court.

One insider said, “Hillary wants an assurance that if she shows loyalty and goes out there like a good soldier, she will be rewarded with a nomination for the Supreme Court should a seat become available.”

It is expected there will be at least one vacancy on the high court during the next presidential term, what with Justice John Paul Stevens turning 89 in April and Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrating her 76th birthday in March.

The problem is, we’re told, Obama “balked” at promising Hillary the judgeship, perhaps because he still resents how the Clintons attacked him during the primaries.

Apparently, Page Six (and Obamaniacs in general) have never heard of “the soft sell“, which is unsurprising, as most believe in the hamfisted “shame, insult, and belittle” approach to winning friends and influencing people. But I have to disagree with Gawker’s conclusions:

As the Obama ticket battles it out with Sarah Palin, star of Thursday primetime TV, for former Clinton supporters, painting Hillary as shrill and demanding makes Obama look a bit more sympathetic. And celebrity gossip sheets may be nearly as good a way to reach Hillary Democrats as The View.

No, actually, continuing to inacccurately portray Hillary Clinton as shrill, demanding, evil, conniving, bitter and (heaven forbid!) ambitious is exactly the way one would drive people straight to the McCain/Palin ticket. How fucking hard is it for these people to understand? Christ on a cracker.

But also, look: We’d hate it if the government was setting our salary, too. Unless we worked for the government. Which in some ways what folks who opted to be bailed out would be doing. So look, if you’re going to participate in our neo-communist system, then please, just accept our neo-communist paycheck.

Daily Intel, in their latest installment of their The Greatest Depression series.

The post also drops in this little nugget o’ interest:

In the late 1970s, chief executive pay was 35 times that of the average American worker. In 2007, the total compensation of chief executives in large American corporations was 275 times that of the salary of the average worker, the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal research organization, estimates.

Stabbity.

I could write a post about the elaborately choreographed stage production that is the Democratic Convention, but Dr. Violet Socks has already said it for me. Suffice it to say, I spent last night trying to wash out the bitter taste in my mouth with a bottle of Australian shiraz. It didn’t work, and now I have a mild hangover seasoning my cynicism and disgust.

I remember my parents’ generation talking about Watergate, and how that destroyed their innocence about the state of politics. Now I know what that feels like. Hurray?

A friend came through with free tickets to a concert tonight, so I am saved from watching the Faux Coronation, but I doubt I’ll be missing much. Will Obama’s long-game be able to save himself from the hole his short-game dug him? I doubt it. I guess we’ll see.

Yeah. What she said.

Throughout the primaries, Hillary Clinton was demonized for the following:

  • Being a “Washington insider” (“OLD SKOOL WASHINGTON OMG!!1!”)
  • A hawk who voted for AUMF (“SHE VOTED FOR IRAQ OMG!!1!”)
  • For being “divisive” and not “post-partisan” enough (“SHE’S SO ABRASIVE AND COMBATIVE AND REPUBLICANS HATE HER OMG!!!1!”)
  • Being ‘racist’ (“‘FAIRY TALE!’ RFK ASSASSINATED IN JUNE! OMG!!1!”)
  • For giving Republicans ‘ammunition’ against Obama (“SHE CALLED HIM INEXPERIENCED WHATTABITCH OMG”!!1!)

So who does Obama pick as his running mate? Joe Biden. Joe Biden, who’s been in the Senate since Nixon, and is about as ‘old skool Washington’ as you can get. Joe Biden, who also voted for AUMF. Joe Biden, a partisan pitbull, like Clinton, who won’t be shy about attacking McCain. Joe Biden, who let kicked off his own presidential bid by calling Obama “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” Joe Biden, who said that Barack Obama was not ready yet to be president and that the Presidency is “not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.”

So, basically, Joe Biden is the living embodiment of everything they falsely tarred Hillary Clinton with – all those supposed negatives that Cheeto Eaters said made her unfit for VP shortlist, let alone the Office of the President – but, it’s not only OK, it’s celebrated.  Joe Biden, who hits all of Hillary’s supposed negatives, and none of her positives – like she’s not a racist, or a sexist, and, y’know she got 18 million votes in the primary and her selection could actually unite the party – and he’s the Hopey Changey VP! …Yeah. The new IOKIYAR is IOKIYNH (It’s OK If You’re Not Hillary), I suppose.

I didn’t think anything could bewilder me as much as the “Hillary isn’t even a Democrat!!!“/”You can’t vote for McCain! Hillary and Obama are practically the same candidate!” meme backflip of June, but…. Congratulations, Obamacans. You have truly reduced this election season to a theatre of the absurd.

edit, 2:03pm: As I strolled down to my local bakery for a tasty pastry, I realized I ought to clarify something. I’m thrilled Hillary will not be Obama’s VP. Thrilled. She’s better off in the Senate, at the very least, and from there she can be appointed to any number of positions to which she is eminently qualified (Senate Majority Leader, Supreme Court, etc.) I’m just saying, if you’re going to pick a VP candidate, it might be best to not a) pick the person who looks on paper to be a poor-man’s version of the person you’ve been vilifying for 6 months, and b) seems to contradict the message of your entire primary campaign.