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  •  Cripes, even the NY Times headline right now (1+ / 0-)
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    is "Democrats Seek Unity as Convention Kicks Off."

    It's not just that there's a "show of unity." It's that they're still seeking unity.

    I might remind people that the Republican party has only unified behind McCain because of the extremly mediocre alternatives. Fred Thompson was a snoozefest, Giuliani was a joke, Mitt had a split personality... only Huckabee seemed to instill any of the old vigor, though in the end, he remained too nutty for a good segment of the Repub votership.

    All of this, too, was only the tip of the iceberg, because the paucity of good choices for them this year points to deep divisions and demoralization in that party. Bush has so trashed the Republican "brand" that GOP legislators are giving both he and the convention a wide berth.

    And in the midst of all this, you have McCain, who probably owes his primary victory as much to the "first-past-the-post" system of allotting delegates in the GOP system. The fact that a state's entire batch of delegates goes to the victor makes that victor's victory appear more decisive than it is. Many weeks after McCain had clinched the nomination, there were still states that were voting for Huckabee in competitive numbers.

    But because we've had a raft of good candidates this year, because voters had a choice in the primaries, because Democrats are faced with an embarrassment of riches, we get this "divided meme."

    By the way, the "Dems divided" meme well predates the Bush or even Clinton administrations. Check out Mark Crispin Miller's essays critiquing coverage of the 1984 Democratic primaries and the subsequent DNC convention, and you'll see the old stalwart networks pushing the same shallow line of fake drama that Hardball and the Situation Room are pushing now.

    Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of nonthought. -- Milan Kundera

    by Dale on Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 03:50:06 PM PDT

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