Hackathlon ’08: This Thing’s Not Over!
The events had all wound down, gold medals had been awarded, the closing ceremonies had been held, and everyone assumed the Games were over. Yes, Hackathlon ’08 was a close-fought contest, with strong performances from Lanny Davis and Joe Wilson, but it had been clear for some time that Larry “Whitey Tape” Johnson was the Usain Bolt of hackerdom, lapping the field and running away with the gold medal. (Although personally, I always had a soft spot for Wilson’s unparalleled ability to simultaneously run down Obama while engaging in shameless self-puffery: “Having worked in Africa for much of my adult life, including with one of the early AIDS researchers, Dr. Jonathan Mann, I can safely say that there is absolutely no evidence to sustain Wright’s reckless charge.”)
But like the candidate they supported, the Hillary Hacks simply refuse to give up even in the face of a hopeless cause. And so, on the eve of the convention, we have Princeton history professor Sean Wilentz with an article so concern-trollish it should be hanging out under a bridge.
Wilentz, you see, is not simply a bitter Clinton dead-ender throwing spitballs at Obama. No, he’s a renowned historian chiding “liberal intellectuals” for not “aiding their candidate” by being as much of a hack as Wilentz. Apparently, if those intellectuals had spent lots of time talking about Wright and Ayres, that could have prevented Obama from being another Jimmy Carter. Or something.
All I know is that this thing is not over, and the challenge to Wilson, Davis and Johnson is clear: Wilentz has upped his game. Now up yours.