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June 04, 2008

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I like it when the media declares a candidate "inevitable." That's when you really know a candidate is doomed. So bring it on, media, it's time to declare McCain inevitable.

Sorry, hilzoy, but those stories are inevitable.

Of course we can't! That would undermine the unique and important role that I'm pretty sure the Constitution gives to the media.

Hi, Hilzoy: I hope you are well.

I have my doubts that we will NOT be seeing media stories proclaiming this or that candidate will be the "inevitable" winner. Our media soothsayers and entrail readers will have too much predicting who will win. (Laughs)

Sincerely, Sean

To be fair, the article in question was from October of 2006, so it was only 14.5 months before a single vote was counted. (Though, since we aren't counting Iowa's in the popular vote because it was a - gasp - caucus, I guess we need to count out from New Hampshire.)

Noone is allowed to be inevitable in 2012 until after the 2010 midterms.

Evan Bayh is the inevitable 2016 Democratic Presidential Nominee.

Two years ago almost to the day, one of my least favorite posters at Balkinization had an asinine post called 'Stop the Stop Hiliary [sic]Movement', which included this advice:

"Maybe the left ought to begin practicing [to] defend its own rather than trying to find the perfect candidate."

My response:

So, more than two years out from an election, it's my obligation to sit quietly and accept the candidate that big donors have anointed for me? No, thank you.

Her position in favor of the Iraq war and on conflict with Iran, not to mention the history that makes her a proven turnout generator for Republicans, combine to make Sen. Clinton a potential electoral and policy disaster for my party.

I'm going to continue to make that case as openly, often, and clearly as possible between now and the nominating convention in 2008. To me, primaries are not some formality; they are a mechanism to test the candidates and come up with the best possible candidate.

Democrats are counting on votes from disenchanted, previously Republican-voting citizens in November 2008. I cannot imagine a candidate less likely to gather those votes.

Because Sen. Clinton has amassed something like three times the amount of money available to any other likely candidate at this point, it is incumbent on Democrats who do not wish to have her candidacy forced on the party to make some noise so that this potential disaster can be averted.

Part of what Graber was responding to was a January 2006 column by the late, great, greatly missed Molly Ivins.

I was once fortunate enough to have lunch with Molly Ivins. She was one of the greatest political writers that Texas has ever produced, and the lack of commentary from her in the 2008 election will leave us all the poorer for it.

Nell: Part of what Graber was responding to was a January 2006 column by the late, great, greatly missed Molly Ivins.

Thanks for the link, Nell. Wow, in all the mess of the primaries, I'd all but forgotten that once there were Democratic campaigners who could attack Clinton substantively, on the issues, rather than just swallowing down the regular mainstream media crap and regurgitating it.

Prodigal: I was once fortunate enough to have lunch with Molly Ivins. She was one of the greatest political writers that Texas has ever produced, and the lack of commentary from her in the 2008 election will leave us all the poorer for it.

Already has. Molly Ivins was a terrific writer - I wish I'd got to meet her, though I loved reading her.

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