The Democratic primary is starting to look like World War I. The origins of the dispute are forgotten. Pennsylvania is the Somme. No chance, though, that the Clintons, who lead the imperial armies, will consent to paying reparations at the Treaty of Denver.
The most striking resemblance to the Great War has been the campaign-worker body-count. They’re strewn all over the battlefield. Geraldine Ferraro (killed for bringing up if Obama weren’t black), Samantha Power (Hillary’s a “monster”), the intrepid if foolhardy Rev. Wright (multiple offenses), James Hagee (Catholics as the “anti-Christ”), Bill Cunningham (“Barack Hussein Obama”), Bill Sheehan (for bringing up Obama’s drug use). All gone. Anyone working for or in support of a political campaign these days is entering a free-fire zone.
Some say the high casualty rate in the campaigns is the result of indiscriminate political correctness. Campus speech codes were put in place to monitor people who said the “wrong thing” about favored groups, often categorized as holding “minority status” by dint of race, gender or sexual preference. Now the Democratic campaigns are using the toxic PC gas on each other.
But something more powerful seems to be in the air. The Samantha Power incident was a case study in the campaigns’ current habit of leaving the wounded for dead. Quoted in a newspaper published in Scotland, Ms. Power, an admired writer on genocide, said of Hillary Clinton: “She is a monster, too — that is off the record — she is stooping to anything.”
Time was a remark like that would earn its imprudent utterer a trip to the woodshed. Now it’s the firing squad.
This may just be a dirty fucking hippie talking, but I’m pretty sure thatuntil all the veterans of a given war are dead, it is considered … how to put this … ridiculously fucking uncool to use said horrific, unimaginable war to make your cutesy metaphors about a presidential race that, unless I’ve been utterly misinformed, hasn’t actually killed anybody. Just … badly done.
Henninger goes on to deplore the idea that when people who are working for or associated with various candidates are fucking stupid, other people can read about it and see it on the Internets, a problemRoy handles with aplomb here.