Friday, November 23, 2007

Writers Strike Could Cancel Dems' Debate

Who says that the libs can't blunder their way into providing a profoundly needed public service?
A potential strike by CBS news writers imperils the last debate among Democratic presidential contenders before voting is to begin.

In a statement Wednesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton said she would not cross a picket line to participate in the debate, scheduled December 10 in Los Angeles. Most of the other candidates quickly followed.
Telling, no? Almost as if "the other candidates" received their marching orders from Clinton Central.

CBS is to broadcast the debate, which is co-sponsored by the Democratic National Committee.

"It is my hope that both sides will reach an agreement that results in a secure contract for the workers at CBS News, but let me be clear: I will honor the picket line if the workers at CBS News decide to strike," Clinton said.

Edwards, on a conference call with reporters, said he would not cross the picket line in the event of a strike. Spokesmen for Barack Obama, Bill Richardson and Chris Dodd also said those candidates would not participate.

Messages left for Joe Biden's campaign were not immediately returned.

Note: I did not insert that last sentence as an ironic punchline.

The pity is that all news writers couldn't have walked out a year ago and stayed out, pre-empting every last one of these so-called "debates" and sparing the public the stylized fiction that there is actually a "campaign" on the Democrat side. Such candor would have been immensely refreshing.

But I suppose Mrs. Clinton wouldn't have stood for it. After all, what would the Harlem Globetrotters have ever been without the Washington Generals? What's a coronation without a processional? And what displays her inevitability better than a series of pratfalls and gaffes that don't slow her down in the slightest?

What we NEED is for the Donk candidates to go on strike in protest against this shame of a primary "contest". That way maybe CBS news writers would actually have something interesting to cover.