Does anyone besides me wonder what the Obama supporters have been smoking lately?
I find it fascinating that if Hillary's people say Obama is not ready, she's a witch and will do anything to win, but Obama's supporters give his people a pass no matter what - even when they go so far as to attack Hillary personally.
First we had Samantha Power calling Hillary a monster. Now we have Maxim Thorne bringing up bullshit like Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton's other peccadilloes from a decade past.
Neither was fired and neither was repudiated. So much for that "different kind of politics," huh?
Sure, Hillary's camp has made some bad blunders and so has Obama's. Neither campaign is lacking in ego or political maneuvering. The problem is Obama's people don't seem to want to admit it. As Democrats, we used to call ourselves "reality based" and we made fun of the fundamentalist conservatives for living in fantasy land.
Obama supporters apparently have the same penchant for cognitive dissonance as their evangelical Christian counterparts. Let's just have a look:
- It's OK to call Hillary a monster, but it's not OK to say Obama isn't ready to be commander in chief.
- It's OK to bring up Hillary's spouse's marital indiscretions from 10-15 years ago, but it's not OK to mock Obama for high flying rhetoric.
- It's OK to distribute false and discredited flyers about Hillary, but it's not OK to have an ad that links a Democrat to being strong on national security.
- It's OK to befriend an anti-gay clergyman whose bigotry is abhorrent, but it's not OK to have Republican crossover votes supporting you in the primary.
- It's OK to call "present" votes in the Illinois legislature "experience" but it's not OK to call trips to 80 countries and meeting foreign leaders or working on health and children's issues as First Lady "experience."
- It's OK to have dealings with a slumlord influence peddler who is under indictment by the Feds, but it's not OK to have your spouse keep friends who may be shady.
- It's OK to push Republican talking points about how evil and divisive Hillary is, but its not OK to push Republican talking points about how inexperienced and soft Obama is.
This reminds me of a post by my good friend Steph
over at Commonplace Book wherein she links to several articles pointing out the sexism, misogyny and double standards in play against Hillary Clinton. (Steph's post and the stories linked are good even if you hate Hillary so scoot over there an check them out!)
Sounds to me like it's high time for a reality check. Which Obama supporter will be the first to admit there's a double standard? Something tells me Ted Haggard will admit he's not completely heterosexual first...