Time To Haul Out The Fainting Couch

I suppose it would be too much to ask the media to stop reporting on this election as though everything was happening in a bubble, and that every single election result is a total surprise for which fainting couches en masse are called for.

We have, for weeks, known that Clinton was going to earn a blowout in West Virginia.  We know the delegate count and we know the spread.  Indeed, we even know the questions that West Virginia’s likely margin of victory raise about Obama’s weaknesses heading into the General Election.

None of this stops CNN, however, from reporting upon the state as though Clinton’s expected landslide victory tonight is totally unexpected and we all must now reassess the dynamics of the race.

Where the hell have you guys been?

Same goes for the punditry.  If there’s any pundit that reports upon tonight’s results with any measure of breathlessness, they should be ashamed.  This because if you didn’t already know just about everything you needed to know about West Virginia, then you’re a very lazy pundit.

In fact, at this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if Clinton wins by significantly more than forty percent because in a landslide this massive, there’s a high probability that many Obama supporters won’t show up.  Why bother?

About the only thing that would be worthy of reporting with any nods towards the fainting couch is if Obama managed to pull significantly within 20–that would be unexpected.

But I don’t expect media coverage to reflect that.  There will be a firestorm of new analysis, and I’m pretty sure there will be numerous articles written about how Obama’s failure in West Virginia puts his General Election strategy at risk, and all of this just in time for next week’s primaries to happen.

Kentucky provides another tough state for Obama, but there’s also Oregon where he is expected to earn a landslide of his own.  Should his blowout in Oregon be reported upon with the same level of breathless hysteria?

Of course not.  But it’s likely to be.

The point is that the reason why Indiana and North Carolina were such big deals were for different reasons.  Indiana represented the only state left in the process that was not a foregone conclusion.  Meanwhile North Carolina made news because Clinton had been shown in recent polls to be narrowing the gap only for election day to provide a different result, and that result was seen by many to be the final nail in the coffin.

Outside of this, much of what we are seeing now is little more than a formality.  Nothing changes.  The math still sucks for Hillary, and Obama faces regional challenges in appealing to working class white voters.  The only thing that will be different come tomorrow morning will be how many states have yet to hold a primary.

2 Responses to “Time To Haul Out The Fainting Couch”

  1. Winston says:

    I don’t know what pundits you were watching, but the gang at MSNBC – Matthews and Olbermann in particular – were contemptuous of Clinton and mocked and insulted her all night. No one I saw and heard treated her win as “unexpected.” All went into great detail about how the numbers were totally stacked against her. Your description is total fantasy.

  2. Gee, that’s funny. I was about to say that this was the single best analysis of tonight that I’ve read anywhere thus far.

    It distinguishes itself from the pack by virtue of its sheer sanity.

    I guess one cigarette’s fantasy is someone else’s reality.

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