You Learn Something New Everyday

Eric Boehlert does a great job of just tearing the press apart for the embarrassing way they’ve covered the Clinton/convention story, and even I didn’t realize this:

Actually, the real credit goes to CNN polling director Keating Holland (figures, he doesn’t work in the newsroom), who posted a lengthy analysis at CNN.com. Holland’s piece not only put Clinton’s role in Denver into historical perspective (“Overall, between 1972 and 1992, 10 Democratic candidates who lost the nomination in the primaries went on to have their names formally placed in nomination at the convention.”), it also pointed out that Clinton represents the only runner-up to speak at the convention who formally endorsed the party’s nominee months before the convention; i.e., all the others grudgingly held out on endorsing their rivals.

So yeah people, take a deep breath. 2000 and 2004 were anomalies because Al Gore and John Kerry basically ran away with the nominations, and there were no particularly credible “second place” candidates, and of course Clinton was running for re-election in 1996 without a challenger. This sort of thing is the norm, and it would have been a much bigger deal were it not happening.