Since 1970, Reagan, the Bushes and the Clintons, have created such a mess with their predatory, exploitative, manipulations schemes that even white people were beginning to hate them.
So, the word went around that the GOP was basically gonna throw the election.
Regardless of which "novelty" candidate the Dems chose, they were about 5-to-3 favorites to win, because the country was sick of the whole depraved ensemble that had played havoc with the economy and the Constitution, and had waged war across the globe for 30 years.
The tip-off, of course, was Palin. Never had anyone so amazingly unqualified for the job EVER been chosen. Her selection sent the clearest POSSIBLE signal of capitulation.
The GOP just wanted OUT. AWAY! Not merely "plausible," but real, actual, somebody-ELSE-did it deniability.
And that's what they got, the one person who was already pre-positioned to become a ready receptacle for and symbol of all the inchoate feelings of fear and insecurity and disappointment and foreboding and desperation that had been building through the long period of oligarchic re-indenturing, through "easy credit," of the middle class.
A man who lives in the condition described by WEB DuBois as "double consciousness," a person for whom virtually every move is a compromise. He knows he has been offered as a scape-goat, someone to take the fall for all the abuses heaped on the people for the last 30 or 40 years by an increasingly dictatorial, Imperial Government. It seemed to me he almost as much as admitted it at the jobs "summit."
So, in the weeks and months that followed, we undertook a series of difficult steps to prevent that outcome. And we were forced to take those steps largely without the help of an opposition party which, unfortunately, after having presided over the decision-making that led to the crisis, decided to hand it over to others to solve.
A similar fate would have befallen HRC, too. As a polity, we are far more inclined to pile on any black than on any white person.
So, from the perspective of the folks who Own the place, Obama was far the preferable candidate. I knew this when Rupert Murdoch endorsed Obama against McCain--his motives were, of course, purely economic: he knew Obama would be GREAT for his business, compared to McCain; and besides the fix was in by that time.
So here is my quandary: How is that folks with better than average sophistication and subtlety ever imagined that a person who found himself raised to an almost unimaginable pinnacle of celebrity, and power,
would somehow turn and nip at--far less seize and savage--the hands which had curried, and cosseted and carried him to the absolute peak of acceptability and approval.
Now granted, they dropped him there, like a cur at a crossroad...
But he was never gonna bite 'em.