I was half-tempted to let this news pass without real comment – after all, it’s hardly news that Democratic politicians are finding their national (and Obama-dominated) convention to be about as congenial as a leper colony, and for roughly the same reasons – but I couldn’t let this bit of half-hearted apologia get away without taking a slap at it:
The aide stressed that McCaskill did not attend the 2004 Democratic National Convention, when she was running for governor of Missouri.
Indeed. 2004. The year where the Democratic nominee was a pumped-up cipher with no meaningful accomplishments in his political career, a rhetorical style often miscalled ‘eloquent’ but really ‘grandiose,’ and whose stale, recycled faux-populist message merely ensured that his opponent got a majority of the popular vote. Can’t imagine why Claire’s seeing parallels to that…
PS: A certain amount of inherent cruelty requires me to point out that McCaskill lost that election in 2004. Too.