When this and this are not atypical, but the most common type of post on the Kos front page, I think the site has started revving up the boat to jump the shark. I read Kos because I want insight about making the Democratic Party more successful and more progressive, not because I want to read relentless and often juvenile remarks about one candidate.
I am an Obama supporter. I wrote as much months ago. When, as a supporter, I find myself increasingly frustrated with the bitter, divisive attacks on Hillary Clinton by progressive bloggers, maybe it’s time to reevaluate the strategy.
Essentially, the Kos position seems to be:
- Democratic candidates need to fight hard to win, unless they are Hillary Clinton.
- that the Democratic Party’s rules on nomination are AWESOME when it comes to Florida and Michigan, but EVIL when it comes to super delegates.
- that it’s perfectly acceptable to descend to the Faux News strategy of bleating the same idea repeatedly to drive one candidate out of the race.
If those of us on the Left or, even worse, Senator Obama, think that Hillary Clinton is being too tough on him in this primary season, then our chances are over in November. Come this summer, the nominee will be facing people who turned a decorated veteran into a war criminal and draft dodger against someone who was both of those things. It’s going to get much rougher than this.
Sometimes, in my more cynical moments, I think all of this is calculated to be able to blame Senator Clinton in the event that Democrats lose in 2008. That way, we won’t have to confront the institutional failures of our side one more time.
We’ve got two great candidates–both better than John McCain. Senator Obama can make this easy. He just needs to win out. We shouldn’t be trying to push one player off the field before the game’s over.