Wednesday, Apr 2, 2008, 2:25 pm
In Support of the Long, Cold Winter
Whether or not he is the nominee, this drawn out bout b/w Hill and B-rock is making B a better candidate. It's pushing him, training him, making him think on his feet and, being an intelligent, probing, talented person, he is learning on the fly: taking blows, hitting back, taking another blow, floating, circling, and stepping back in to hit again. The race speech proved he knows how to shunt us off-guard with clarity and intelligence, it proved, to me at least, that he's usually about two steps ahead of the rest of us. His compled race speech, the subsequent speech on Iraq a day later, and his economy speech were strong ranging to extraordinary. And he stepped to this new level because he's been pushed there by Hillary . I think she's fighting to win, and she has the right to, but I also think that by doing so she's shaping him. She's not damaging him, she's making him fight two fronts at once - which is sort of like Rocky training in Siberia in "Rocky IV" - and it's only making him stronger. But, if he hits a wall, if he can't keep up and finally caves, then he shouldn't be the nominee anyway. Since we're going to have at least one of them on the ticket come November, we might as well make sure whoever it is is in top fighting-form come Fall.
Jarrett Dapier is a former assistant publisher at In These Times. Previous work for ITT includes interviews with playwright Christopher Shinn and Fugazi guitarist, Ian Mackaye. He currently works with teens at the Evanston Public Library where he runs a recycled drumming program and directs stage adaptations of young adult literature. He lives in Evanston, IL.