Posted by: Puma1 | December 31, 2008

WSJ Reporter Calls World’s Most Admired Woman, Hillary Clinton, ‘2008 Bumbler of the Year’

Hillary Clinton has ended 2008 like pure gold — reaping bipartisan praise as an excellent choice for for Secretary of State, being polled the Most Admired Woman in the World for the 13th time in 16 years, and recipient of a glowing affirmation as New Yorker of the Year. As evidenced by the Sarah Palin and Caroline Kennedy sagas, her strengths have set a high standard for high profile American women — perhaps impossibly high.

Unfortunately, some just can’t let go of their Clinton Derangement Syndrome. The Wall Street Journal has named Hillary 2008’s Bumbler of the Year for — just barely, mind you — missing out on her party’s nomination. Wow, no early frontrunner has ever lost a nomination before.

The analysis is typically misguided. WSJ claims Obama out-organized her in caucuses, but has not yet done a single article on Dr. Lynette Long’s 98-page report on caucus fraud and cheating. It makes no mention of Obama’s still unaudited campaign finance irregularities. And — of course — there is no mention of the media’s hostility, selective reporting, and (failed) attempts to push her out of the race, all of which conflated to fatally cripple Clinton’s comeback.

Every campaign made mistakes — did not Clinton out-organize frontrunning, better financed Obama in the big late primaries? — that they had to overcome. But it is harder to overcome mistakes when your opponent is rigging caucuses, manipulating party rules to disenfranchise voters in two major states, and taking illegal contributions. It is harder overcome mistakes when the public is misinformed by a media establishment intent on magnifying your errors and ignoring those of their anointed favorite. It is harder to overcome mistakes when being constantly bombarded with the race card and unfettered misogyny.

Despite all that, Obama still could not put Clinton away. She still received more votes than he did: the nomination and thus Presidency was denied her not by voters, but by party leaders. Predictably, the WSJ fails to note this.

A bumbler would emerge from such disappointments defeated and destroyed. How, then, is Hillary Rodham Clinton is stronger, more respected (except by drunk Obama speechwriters), and more powerful than ever? Because she is a championSurvivor of the Year if not of The Generation — not a bumbler. The WSJ’s failure to see this typifies the lack of credibility that has caused newspapers to ‘bumble’ away their audience this year.

2008 saw an epic financial meltdown, the decimation of one of America’s political parties, and widespread political and economic corruption. Why, rather than focus on the architects of one of these serious upheavals, would a newsman squeeze in another lame dig at the exaggerated demise of Hillary? Is it sexism? Jealousy? Whatever it is, it’s pretty pathetic commentary.

Unlike Wall Street financiers, Detroit car execs, Republican and Democratic congressional leaders, and the media, the little girl from the Midwest is leaving 2008 as an esteemed international superstar, burning brighter than ever. Given what she has had to overcome, that is positively venerable.

You can set straight the Wall Street Journal and the author of this article at the following the addresses:

  • peter.brown@quinnipiac.edu
  • feedback@wsj.com
  • newseditors@wsj.com
  • wsj.ltrs@wsj.com
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Responses

  1. The WSJ is dead wrong on this one. The bumblers are many of its high rolling corporate subscribers who have plummeted us into one of us the worst economic eras of our history.


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