Did you notice that just about every pundit tonight (ostensibly covering the final two Democratic primaries tonight but actually there for a wake to the end of a primary season the media seemed intent on ending before it hardly began) basically seemed fairly confused?
And that’s because there has been a mad, tempestuous dance going on between the Hillary Clinton Campaign and the media as to what was going to happen tonight. Around 8 PM Monday, the word was that Hillary pop-up roaster thermometer had gone off and that, rather than allow her challenger Barack Obama to declare victory, she would just spend a long time backing out the door from which she first entered.
As of now, it appears to continue. Technically, Obama has the delegates needed to win. He’s close on superDs depending on whose math you follow. And also technically, by suspending her campaign – formally or unannounced – Hillary still has a back door into the Dem National Convention and a Make Hillary Rise Like The Phoenix She Is effort could emerge.
I mean, stranger things have happened. I mean, there was Mike Huckabee’s weird cross-thing-in-a-Christmas-message ad and Chuck Norris following Huckafuck all over the place while the ditzy Bush twins can’t even commit to voting for McPain. And we had a media far more interested in whether Dennis Kucinich _thought_ he once saw a UFO than on any of his real political policies for America. And a media reporting a race between a white woman and a half-black male in a totally different way than they reported the race between waaaaay too many lame, fat, rich, can’t-wait-to-screw-us-anew white Republican males plus Ron Paul. And a media that started to ignore John Edwards the second he dared to suggest he wanted to be the president for the underpaid and underprivileged in this country as much as for its richest citizens.