What to do when you run across a diary that sets your teeth on edge when you only have your puny iPhone keyboard for responding? That happened to me while traveling last week when this blow-out diary rocketed to the Rec List and garnered over a thousand comments. There were over 300 Recs and one HR.
The HR was mine. I blew my stack and received my first red ink warning from the Help Desk in over 10 years of posting here.
Now that I am back at a proper keyboard, I will try to succinctly explain, for the record, my objections to this diary. Please note that I am not interested in rehashing the Hillary Rox-Sux issue, but in simply explaining, below the fold, why my finger was driven inexorably to the Hide Button on that fateful day.
(1) Right out of the gate this diary smacked to me of CT.
First off, there is the title: "The Real Reason Behind All The "Go Hillary" 2+ Years Before Election." The implication is that there is a "real reason" that we suckers don't know about and the all-knowing diarist is going to reveal to us:
I won't discuss why the establishment wants HRC to run. I think we all know that. Instead, I'd like to propose a simple theory why the Hillary caucus is out early and often blowing their horns -- the Establishment fears a populist challenge. It really is that simple, yet I've seen no one put it out there yet. The reasoning makes sense.Yikes! The Establishment! (is that like The Bilderbergers? The Freemasons? The Kiwanis?) The Establishment "fears" a populist challenge? And who the hell is "the Hillary caucus" if not another shadowy, unnamed group? But, wait, I'm a Hillary supporter so that must mean me! I never knew I was part of such a behind-the-scenes group. Nor did I know that I fear a populist challenge even though I want to see Elizabeth Warren in the primary. All this hocus-pocus was unknown to me.
For the record, I am not a member, nor have I ever been a member of of The Establishment. No Hillary Clinton supporter that I know personally is a member of or has ever been a member of The Establishment. I could list all of my progressive bona fides here, but that would never suffice before a DK purity court.
(2) The diary is rife with personal insults to the many Clinton supporters here who speak up for their favored candidate.
As one of them, I did not appreciate being told that I thrive on victimhood or patronize others or am insistent or shout down critics or insult them or dismiss them.
"the onslaught is at least weekly. It has become predictable. It thrives on victimhood. It is patronizing. It is insistent. It is the now steady stream of diaries attempting to reinforce Hillary Clinton as the Inevitable Nominee."(3) The diary is telling the first serious female candidate for The White House to back off and enjoy her family and her good health and bask in the rewards of her suffering:
"Play victim and shout down the critics. Insult them. Especially, dismiss them." "Gin up Fear"
I'll close by saying I wish Hillary a long and happy life, filled with family and good health. She has suffered, but she's been richly rewarded for her patience and willingness to hang in there.
OY! No wish for any continued professional life, just a push out to pasture where she can tend to her family and count the blessings earned along her path of sacrifice. How patronizing. How insulting. And how sexist, frankly.
So that is what I think. It isn't a simple disagreement that caused me to hide-rate this diary. It was the flirting with CT and the personal insults to myself and to all of the honest and sincere Hillary Clinton supporters who persevere here. I did not appreciate the derision or the attempt to categorize Clinton's support as a function of some ulterior motive of some amorphous "Establishment" group. Add to that the final whiff of patronizing sexism.
I regret that I was technically unable to reply to the diary at the time it was published and I know that my HR was taken as improper because it was thought to be made out of simple disagreement.
Hillary Clinton's support is founded on millions of voters who think she would be a terrific president. That's the "real reason" she is considered the frontrunner right now.
If you don't like her, then get busy and find someone else.