Monday, July 16, 2007

One More Reason Not to Vote For Her

[posted by Callimachus]

Joe Wilson endorses Hillary.

Wait, I thought his whole deal was that he was the lone voice of reason in the world in 2003, sounding the gong of warning against the president's "rush to war" on "false premises."

So howcomes he endorses someone who voted for the war, and then has been,in her party, among the least inclined to back away from it? Howcomes, huh? huh?

According to the netroots, it's all about -- natch -- the netroots:

Wilson and Plame are favorites among the leftish "net-roots." They are a favorite among many bloggers for taking them seriously and for working with them to understand the nooks and crannies of what was real and not in their David and Goliath battle with the White House. Wilson gave young political activists hope that they could get traction in their battles against an occasionally vulnerable Bush/Cheney machine.

But now Joe Wilson has endorsed someone that many in the blogosphere have been slow to love: Hillary Rodham Clinton. This will have impact and will shock some. Some lefty bloggers will not abandon Obama and not forgive Clinton for being complicit in the decisions that empowered the Bush White House to wage the Iraq War. But others will now rethink their positions.

"Rethink" there at the end is an early front-runner for "most wildly inappropriate use of a verb" in the 2007 Bloggies.

So, let's assume these pompous blowhards are right about their own massive significance in the Democratic Party. Does that mean Hillary went out and courted this lazy and erratic diplomatic functionary for his endorsement? And what was promised him in return?

No doubt, too, now we will have to endure another round of "Wilson was right about Saddam and Niger; Bush was wrong/lying," when in fact the truth appears to be quite the opposite.

No doubt people who have better things to do will have to patiently explain all this over again to those who have no intention of hearing it. The world has moved on and it's a minor matter now, but still some of us persist in the quixotic fantasy that there is such a thing as truth, and that discovering what this truth probably is does matter if you're going to be in the business of constructing narratives and influencing opinion.

And that you can still insist George W. Bush was wrong on the whole, if that's your point, without insisting that he was ALWAYS wrong about EVERY thing. Unless you're stuck at the mental age of 8.

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