Monday, November 01, 2004

Did Jackie Robinson ever whine?

James Wolcott's thoughts are similar to my own:

... If Kerry wins, do you think conservative Republicans are going to take to their beds for soul-searching? They have no souls to search, most of them. No, they'll be scheming to ratfuck a Kerry presidency, and if history is a reliable guide they'll have allies in the elite media who can't wait to start snarking over Teresa as First Lady and the timidity of Kerry's cabinet picks, whatever. Reporters and pundits who've paid scant attention to the casualties and carnage in Iraq will suddenly find their consciences tucked away in a file drawer, and start wondering when Kerry will show the strength and resolve we expect from our leaders. They will hound him about Bin Laden in ways they never did Bush.

Kerry is going to win and Wolcott is right that Republican's won't waste a lot of time burying their heads in their pillows crying over the results. Why should Democrats give proof to the stereotype by doing just that?

Wolcott is also spot on about the coming hypocrisy. The usual suspects will be all over the tube in the coming days wondering why President Kerry hasn't fixed the problems in Iraq yet and why he hasn't captured bin Laden yet and why he hasn't turned the economy around yet, all before he is even sworn in!

Kerry will be in the position of Jackie Robinson on the day baseball was integrated. If he wants to get fair treatment he can't just be good. He has to be great! But we, as Democrats, better not waste time whining about this situation. It is the reality we have to deal with so we better start dealing with it.


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