OK. I am really getting majorly pissed off about the way that the mainstream media are disappearing John Edwards. This asshole commentator on a major-market news radio station is talking about the Republican and Democratic candidates. He mentions McCain, Romney, and Giuliani as being important candidates on the Republican side. Then, he says, “Hillary Clinton is the strongest candidate for the Democrats, followed by Barack Obama”, without even mentioning Edwards.
That shit is totally fucked up on a number of levels. Let’s review the results in Iowa and New Hampshire:
In Iowa, Obama won with ~38% of the vote, and Clinton and Edwards each got ~30%; Huckabee won with ~34%, Romney got ~25%, McCain got ~13%, and Rudy “I’m Fucking Nuts” Giuliani got a lousy ~4fucking%.
In New Hampshire, Clinton won with ~39%, Obama got ~36%, and Edwards got ~17%; McCain won with ~37%, Romney got ~31%, Huckabee got ~11%, and Rudy “I’m Fucking Nuts” Giuliani got a lousy ~9fucking%.
As a rough-and-ready method for combining these two electoral results, we can just add the percentages for each candidate, and then rank them: Obama 74, Clinton 69, Romney 56, McCain 50, Edwards 47, Huckabee 45, Rudy “I’m Fucking Nuts” Giuliani 13.
The craven dipshit commentator mentioned Clinton, Obama, Romney, McCain, and Rudy “I’m Fucking Nuts” Giuliani. What the fuck happened to Edwards and Huckabee? Where’d they go? They each received over three times the votes as Rudy “I’m Fucking Nuts” Giuliani. But he’s an “important candidate”, and Edwards and Huckabee don’t even exist?
And don’t try to tell me that the results of the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries are not the best predictor of the importance of any of these candidates going forward. I’m not going to listen to that shit. You know why? Because if they aren’t the best predictor, then why was every motherfucking political journamalist in the country slavering over the Iowa and New Hampshire results like they were Philly fucking cheese steaks (Whiz with) from Pat’s?
Hey! Asshole journamalists! I’m talking to you! You can’t have it both ways! You can’t act like the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries are the Most Important Electoral Events Evah while they are happening, and then ignore the results when making assertions about the importance of particular candidates after they are over by claiming that they are Not Good Predictors Going Forward.
So why is it that Edwards and Huckabee are being disappeared? As I see it, there are at least two reasons. One reason is that the corporate masters of the mainstream media do not like Edwards’s and Huckabee’s populist anti-corporate message. They perceive a likelihood that Edwards or Huckabee as president would not be nearly as corporation-friendly as Clinton, Obama, McCain, Romney, or Giuliani. This is an issue of corporate self-interest which, while less than salutory, is at least understandable.
But there is another reason, one that makes my fucking skin crawl. It reflects a slimy slippery dank nasty skanky smarmy feature of the mainstream media and, in particular, its individual journamalists. Today’s mainstream journamalists–with few exceptions–are friends (or wish they were) with many of the political figures whose actions they are supposedly investigating and analyzing. They run around in the same social circles, go to the same parties, went to the same schools, and are from the same socioeconomic class, and have a common interest in maintaining the Beltway (and its New York City outpost) social status quo.
This is why Edwards and Huckabee are personae non gratis. If Hillary, Obama, Romney, McCain, or Giuliani become president, there will not be any major interruptions or disruptions in the cocktail party circuit. They are all part of the Beltway/NYC insiders crowd, and what their election will do to that social milieu is both predictable and mild. But if Edwards or Huckabee get elected, who knows what will happen, what kind of unsavory characters will be at the parties (weird poor people?, religious nuts? weird poor religious nuts?), will we even get invited!?
Now I don’t know about you, but it sure galls the fuck out of me that cosmos, chardonnay, crab cakes, and fucking cocktail weinies are playing an important, possibly decisive, role in the selection of the next president.