Joe Biden injured Barack Obama in a likely lethal way last week. That’s because Joe Biden decisively forced Barack Obama to do something that will prove fatal.
In 2004, as we campaigned during the Democratic Party nomination battle, we recall the first Democratic Party debate in New Hampshire. At that event the candidates in contention for the nomination organized supporters with signs, unions, chants, and all the usual paraphernalia and techniques to attract voters to the candidate championed.
At that event in 2004 everyone had fun. But one candidate’s supporters had a great deal of fun. Think Kooch. Dennis Kucinich.
In 2004 Kucinich did not have a chance to win the nomination but his supporters believed lightning could strike and “The Kooch” win it all. Towards that end, outside that 2004 debate, the Kucinich partisans appeared. We kid you not. They wore huge, colorful harlequin hats – literally with bells on. They had clown makeup on, drum circles, flutes, recorders, feathers, whooping and hollering. The question we asked, with a wink in one eye and tongue in the cheek to one particularly giddy and happy Kooch supporter was, “You know the aim is to get votes, right?” With a goofy grin the Kooch supporter smiled.
That’s what the Chuckles the Clown performance at the Danville Debate Debacle reminded us of – supporters of the Kooch in harlequin hats not thinking for one instant of the voters but only of how much fun they were having.
In 2012 the harlequins, joined by the Proglodytes are back. This time though their candidate has the nomination and is running for reelection. It’s not the Kooch. It’s the Clown from Chicago.
So they're arguing that Barack will implode tomorrow. That he has to come off like Biden to win and if he comes off like that, he'll look like a fool.
We'll know in about 24 hours, right?
"The Good Wife" airs Sunday nights on CBS (and streams at link). Last night? Good in spots.
But let me start with Kalinda.
She's always been one of my favorite characters.
She's investigating for the campaign (Peter's) and she doesn't want to. That's an interesting story for her. The husband/ex-husband isn't. He is at her place and wants her to make eggs for him. She breaks the egg -- shell and all -- in the skillet. He says that's how she wants to play it and breaks eggs on her. This is not sexy or meant to be (I hope it wasn't meant to be). He's supposed to be menacing. At some point, they grab knifes on one another.
Later, she's out with her sometime girlfriend (the FBI woman) or going to meet her. She arrives at the bar and creep's there already talking to her. Are they friends? Are they really friends? They seem closer. Like sisters, he finally adds. Kalinda pretends she has to make a call. He follows her. He calls her a "dyke" and she punches him out.
That really should be the end of it. I mean, if he's the heavy and is going to terrorize her, okay. Not a story I want, but okay.
But what's not okay is to keep her sleeping with him or have him at her place.
I don't find it interesting, I find it disgusting.
Am I the only one feeling that way? It's like abuse is being trivialized. Maybe I'm too sensitive?
The other parts of the show? Rita Wilson was really good as an attorney going up against Will and Alicia in court. That's about all to mention there. (She was good but it's not a continuing story.)
Alicia's big story was that Eli wanted to know about an affair a reporter uncovered. It would be her and Will on a day in September 2011 at a hotel.
She wouldn't confirm or deny but she did get with Will to try to find out while Eli worked to kill the story.
Eli called her to tell her not to worry. It wasn't her.
She called Will and let him know so he could stop looking through his receipts. That was fine but he had a question: If it wasn't her, who was it?
She hadn't thought of that.
With a campaign staffer.
That was the rumor.
Was it true?
Peter went over to tell her it was a lie.
She didn't believe him.
Eli talked to the young woman. She said that they slept in hotels several times.
She seemed believable until she explained that she and Peter used to sleep at his place but Alicia caught her once and Alicia told her that it was an open marriage but that didn't mean she could sleep with Alicia's husband in Alicia's bed.
Eli then asked her if she and Peter had an open marriage and explained why he was asking.
She knows now he didn't cheat with that woman.
Something that may be coming up. The first scene with Eli had him talking to the press and there was a throwaway line abuot Alicia's mother. We've never seen her, you know. But someone wanted to interview her. So we may soon be seeing Alicia's mother.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"