Friday, January 11, 2008


Cry Clinton cry:

Hillary sounded silly trying to paint Obama as a poetic dreamer and herself as a prodigious doer. "Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act," she said. Did any living Democrat ever imagine that any other living Democrat would try to win a presidential primary in New Hampshire by comparing herself to LBJ? (Who was driven out of politics by Gene McCarthy in New Hampshire.)

Her argument against Obama now boils down to an argument against idealism, which is probably the lowest and most unlikely point to which any Clinton could sink. The people from Hope are arguing against hope.

Round 2, come South Carolina:

Talk and its meaning seemed to dominate the day.

In the Clinton radio ad, which uses a clip from his recent interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal editorial board, Obama is heard saying: "The Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last 10, 15 years."

An announcer says: "Hillary Clinton thinks this election is about replacing disastrous Republican ideas with new ones, like jump-starting the economy."

Obama's campaign enlisted supporters in South Carolina to denounce the Clinton piece as selective editing. Former Gov. Jim Hodges said Clinton's campaign seemed determined to win "at all costs."

Obama's comment about Republicans came as he discussed elections that represented shifts in political direction. The full quote is: "I think it's fair to say that the Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last 10-15 years in the sense that they were challenging conventional wisdom."

He preceded the remark by noting that John F. Kennedy also had shifted the direction of the country. "I think we're in one of those times right now, where people feel like things as they are going aren't working," he said. "That we're bogged down in the same arguments that we've been having, and they're not useful. And the Republican approach, I think, has played itself out."

1 comment:

Ayyam said...

Hi Seneferu;
At the end, I think neither will win! This is a perfect opportunity for any lousy republican to win the presidential race!...
Ciao my man!