To Mark Halperin: Au Contraire, mon frére -- Joe Scarborough defends Hillary.
With all the hoopla over Mark Halperin's book Game Change in the major media, I went to read Peter Daou's account of what he saw from Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Presidential Campaign (Pacific John has an excellent article up now; go here http://alegrescorner.soapblox.... if you haven't already seen it). Daou was a senior campaign staffer, and he's the first one to come out and say flat out that this book is wrong. (Mind, I've seen many other denials since -- Howard Wolfson comes to mind -- from Hillary campaign staffers. But Mr. Daou's was the first.)
But not all members of the major media have forgotten their recent history, and some of them have been quite articulate in their defense of Hillary Clinton. The person who comes to mind, though, as having given the best defense of HRC's character to date, though, is former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough --MSNBC's "Morning Joe" himself.
Scarborough is displeased, as he says here in an article picked up by the Huffington Post:
The Washington Post news legend focused on the part of the book that personally caused me the greatest concern . . . I was most surprised by the observation of one of Hillary Clinton's top aides that the New York senator lacked the character to be President of the United States.
Scarborough points out that the 2008 primary campaign was long, grueling and unprecedented; he said that aides get grumpy and that no one should expect them to be saints. (The idea that anyone expect a political candidate to be a saint is one Scarborough has found for years to be incredibly offensive; I've watched his show.)
And Scarborough is also unpleased with the revisionist history going on by the major media, as he says here:
. . . what I saw throughout Hillary's 2008 campaign was a candidate who kept fighting back even after being badly wounded in Iowa, negligently served by her staff, and treated miserably by a biased press corps.
And then there's this quote, with emphasis added by yours truly:
. . . the Clinton campaign took one body blow after another. The media coverage was deplorable. In fact, it was so biased in some quarters that more than a few living legends of broadcast news privately shared with me the embarrassment they felt toward their own profession.
And it's obvious that Joe Scarborough has not forgotten what Hillary really did during the primaries, as he says here:
We were told that like New Hampshire, Ohio would be Hillary's Waterloo. After all, Obama was outspending her there by a margin of 4 to 1.
She still won.
Then we were told that Barack Obama's victory in Texas would seal the deal and make history.
Hillary won again, despite again being outspent 4 to 1.
Then pundits told America that West Virginia would be a battleground for the type of blue collar voters that helped put JFK on the path to the White House in 1960. If Obama won there, like another young senator, he would be on his way to the Oval Office.
But Hillary won yet again, this time by an astounding 41 points.
Joe Scarborough makes a few other comments that I found interesting about the rules for the Democratic delegates -- he leaves much out there that any PUMA/Clinton Dem would be glad to fill in for him -- but these quotes, right at the end of his piece, talk of what he sees as Hillary's character:
Character is rarely revealed in its sharpest contrast after a glorious victory. Instead, you find out what a person is made of after they sustain a soul crushing defeat. In her long, tortured march toward Denver, Hillary Clinton showed more character, more resilience, and more true grit than any presidential candidate I can recall.
And in that losing cause, Secretary Clinton served as a great example of character not only for my young daughter, but for us all. It is that type of strength that we need in our leaders now more than ever.
Amen, brother! (And might I add, if the Democratic Party had half as much integrity as does Mr. Scarborough, we'd not have this mess right now?)
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