I don’t get this Krugman column:
The bitterness of the fight for the Democratic nomination is, on the face of it, bizarre. Both candidates still standing are smart and appealing. Both have progressive agendas (although I believe that Hillary Clinton is more serious about achieving universal health care, and that Barack Obama has staked out positions that will undermine his own efforts). Both have broad support among the party’s grass roots and are favorably viewed by Democratic voters.
Supporters of each candidate should have no trouble rallying behind the other if he or she gets the nod.
Why, then, is there so much venom out there?
I won’t try for fake evenhandedness here: most of the venom I see is coming from supporters of Mr. Obama, who want their hero or nobody. I’m not the first to point out that the Obama campaign seems dangerously close to becoming a cult of personality. We’ve already had that from the Bush administration — remember Operation Flight Suit? We really don’t want to go there again.
Has this really been that bitter of a nomination fight, because I sure do not see it that way. Sure, the Obama groupies are irritating as all hell. And yes, the diehard Hillary or Bust crowd will call you a misogynist and a Clinton hater at the drop of a hat. But, overall, the only way I think one could get that impression is if your only news is coming from Andrew Sullivan, who is an unrepentant swirling vortex of Clinton hate. Other than that, though, I just don’t see it as being that bad, and it certainly is not as bad as the GOP race, where the standard bearer is routinely booed by the base.
By the way, has there been anyone as loudly obnoxious towards Obama as Paul Krugman? It seems kind of amusing that he, of all people, after essentially waging jihad against Obama for months, should be penning a column about the nastinesss of the race.
At any rate, I just don’t see this as a particularly ugly race. I think there has been some appliation of the clinton rules- people keep claiming Bill is injecting race and what not, and the only thing I saw that was remotely suspicious was the Jackson remark following South Carolina. Other than that and the Mark Penn bilge, this has ben a pretty clean race, I think.