Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Return of the Failure of Imagination

From Andrew Sullivan:
How did they come this close to losing this? They had all the money, all the contacts, all the machine levers, the entire establishment, the biggest Democratic name in decades, and they've been forced into a humiliating death-match by a first-term black liberal with a funny name. It seems obvious to me that the Clintons blew this because they never for a second imagined they could. So they never planned to fight it. Once put in a fair contest, they turned out to be terrible campaigners, terrible politicians, bad managers, useless executives, wooden public speakers. If you're a Democrat, that's good to know, isn't it? All that bullshit about Day One and experience? In retrospect: laughable.
I'm a kind of gloomy engineer. I always look for what can go wrong before I look for what can go right. This sometimes makes my designs slow to emerge but I'm rarely surprised to the down-side. Hillary could use a bit of down-side imagination.

I'll probably still vote for her in Texas in the hope that she'll attempt a last-minute convention death-match but it's looking a lot like it's over.

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