Monday, February 18, 2008

A Woman Drowning

March 4th can get here as quickly as it chooses, for the next two weeks will be nauseating as we watch the Clinton campaign drown. The reader can easily find content regarding the latest gulp, an effort to accuse Barack Obama of plagiarism over similarities between a speech he recently gave and one given by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

Obama and Patrick are friends. They met and discussed the content. Patrick told Obama not to cite him. Appealing to weakness instead of strength, falsehood instead of truth, the Clintons cement the image of what they have become. The GOP must be salivating. If the meltdown occurs, McCain can beat this woman.

The bigger person would run a clean campaign and let the chips fall where they may. Not Hillary. For the next two weeks we will see her poke at her opponent, trying to find muck that can stick. The accusation evaporates the instant one learns of the friendship between Patrick and Obama and that the speech was discussed in advance.

Huffington Post has a fairly good take on the development.

It's a speech, not a dissertation. She attacks not a candidate, but a movement. One does not defeat a movement with petty jabs. One only defeats a movement with a superior movement. In that conversation, she's got nothing, and we can tell.

10 Comments:

Blogger John Rose said...

This story is just getting ridiculous, and it's a shame that this non-story is what the MSM decided to throw into the echo-chamber today. Clinton's staked out the "experienced" camp, so now she has to tear down Obama's position as the "new ideas" candidate.

2/18/2008 4:52 PM  
Blogger Casey DeLorme, APR said...

Question is, is Hillary positioned AT ALL to be selected as the VP nominee? Is this just scuttling her chances? And, will this maneuvering help/harm Obama's chances at winning come election time (i.e. what doesn't kill you makes you stronger)?

Okay, that's three questions. But each interesting in it's own right.

2/18/2008 5:07 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

I read about this earlier today and I agree it is getting beyond ridiculous.

Obama's obvious strength is his oratory skills and the Clintons have been trying to create distractions for him since she lost Iowa.

I have no problem with Hillary Clinton trying to win at this point as long as she plays fair and conducts herself with something resembling dignity. What I do have a problem with are the daily (or more) attacks on Obama that have now displaced what should have been important issues.

We are now debating whether or not Obama is an inexperienced gasbag who gives a great plagiarized speech, but won't have a clue how to be president if elected and has a lousy healthcare plan on top of all that.

The Clintons have relentlessly been throwing sh** on the wall, hoping for a piece of it to stick. They fight dirty and somehow we are supposed to believe that once elected, Hillary will be a person with integrity as though her behavior in this campaign is not an issue, and it will be blown off as "just politics." I think I might have plagiarized "just politics" from Lawrence Lessig.

Anyhow, what is being done now is outright bullying. Hillary and Bill keep trying to push Obama to the point that he makes a mistake. They keep hoping he will have a Howard Dean "hee haw" moment. In the meantime, they deflect attention from foreign policy, where Hillary is very weak, and they engage the mainstream media in substituting tabloid level discussions for anything that is truly important.

I used to think that Hillary's most significant weakness as a candidate was in foreign policy.

Now I think she is just a very flawed, power obsessed, despicable human being.

2/18/2008 5:29 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Casey,

My take is now that she has no interest in VP. It is all or nothing, and the events of the last few weeks suggest the latter. Instead of impressing the public, she is disgusting all but true believers.

Until shown different, I think far more individuals are reacting as John, Liza, and myself are reacting. She started with high negatives pre-disposed to to dislike her. She is feeding those expectations. I was reasonably open to her presidency. I like some of what she says in terms of issues, but my reaction is much like Liza's.

The astute see that her attacks on his speeches come from her lack of substance, not his.

2/18/2008 5:49 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

Casey,
I agree with X4mr that Hillary is in this for the presidency or nothing. And I suspect that at this time Hillary believes she is going to bag it. For her, it is just a matter of getting Florida and Michigan delegates counted, winning Ohio and Texas to stop the Obama momentum, getting superdelegates committed, and relentlessy attacking Obama on a daily basis.

I wish that her tactics were less effective than they are, but sadly, there are people who buy this crap. We just don't know how many, where they are, and whether or not they vote.

The GOP sees her as a great uniter - for them.

Your last question is, of course, the most important. If a primary candidate will do anything to win including relentlessly attacking a challenger, what happens if the challenger wins? If the attacker has any credibility at all, and Hillary does, has the challenger been irreparable damaged? I would say there has been damage, we just don't know the extent of it.

Hillary is in the fight of her life. She is fighting for what she truly believes she has earned and is entitled to. She is fighting with complete disregard for the consequences to herself, to Obama, to the Democratic Party, and to the nation.

2/18/2008 6:36 PM  
Blogger roger said...

Well...yeah...but the story is still playing on CNN's political headlines of the day. Lovely. I also find it ridiculous and this will be the tip of the iceberg I fear...in comparison to what we are going to see in the coming weeks.

Last, some polls are calling Wisconsin close for tomorrow. Interesting. If it raises expectations for Clinton and she loses, then ouch...but...if she wins...I worry. I know polls don't mean a lot but they did for the most part on SuperTuesday and she is still in the lead big in Ohio and Texas. Obama is in a position where he needs to keep the momentum going...Tomorrow is another big day to slam that door a bit more shut. If he wins Ohio or Texas, then we hear the click of the lock.

2/18/2008 7:12 PM  
Blogger roger said...

Oh...and Liza good post. Your first one is right on. I do think that this is her strategy. It also gets her free media and keeps him on the defensive and gets him off his game.

That said, Bill Clinton's little so called shoving match got him in the news...and her out too.

2/18/2008 7:15 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Obama wins Wisconsin tomorrow. The question is margin. RCP has him up about five points.

He is closing the gap in Texas and the CNN poll put it a 50-48, almost a dead heat. Wisconsin should help him with Ohio.

Obama has already responded with material showing Hillary has copied more of his language (without permission) than he used of Patrick (with permission and with a friend).

MSM hasn't caught up yet, but it will soon. The comments at the Huffington Post piece are consistent with the sentiments here. Yeah, we need the fat lady before we pop the cork, but I think we witness a painful drowning.

After what I've seen already, I'd like to see her ousted from the Senate when she runs again, as was posted at Huffington. My opinion of her has completely tanked.

2/18/2008 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Mariana said...

What worries me the most isthe media using words like "Obama-mania", "religious cult", etc

2/18/2008 8:04 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

mariana,
I agree. You can always count on the US mainstream media for 30 second sound bites that either trivialize major issues or create foolish ones.

2/19/2008 8:07 AM  

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