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Saturday, January 12, 2008

 

At The Risk Of Picking Another Fight...

Hillary Clinton today stooped to a new low. Sigh. Why can't they both just argue policy, take the high road, and stay somewhere in the vicinity of the truth? (Sure, Obama has missed votes. But it's not like she has a perfect attendance record, either.) I know, I know, it's going to get dirty. But this is hardly inspiring behavior in a future leader of our country.

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Blogger John T said...

I too would personally would like to see a campaign without negatives, but still, I don't think attacking an attendance record is even close to hitting a new low. It certainly isn't the same as personal attacks, attacks on his family and his non-political life (all of which Republicans will be bringing up in the general, whether there's anything to bring up or not). Personally, I am a Hillary supporter, and if I was her campaign manager, I wouldn't have gone this route mostly because attacking a person's attendance record is never a really effective way to run a campaign-they tried it on Kerry, and it didn't really work (it was more the personality-based and flip-flopping attacks that were effective there). I personally think that Obama's hit on Hillary being "likeable enough" was far more below-the-belt hit.

And quite frankly, and this may sound mean, but if Obama is going to be our nominee, I'd like to see him have a tough campaign for the nomination to prepare him for the general. Obama's political career has been blessed (mostly because he's a great politician-I can give credit where credit is definitely due), but the only close election he ever ran prior to this he lost (IL-1 Dem Primary in 2000). If he has any campaign/personal life weaknesses that are going to come out during a campaign, I'd much, much rather it be during a primary than a general (anyone who disagrees with this should contemplate a President Huckabee for five minutes).

Anyway, that's my two cents-take them for what they're worth.

1/12/08, 12:21 PM  
Blogger ModFab said...

John, I didn't see the "likeable enough" comment as a hit...I saw it as a compliment and statement of support. Perception is everything, I guess.

I respect the idea that the primary should "toughen up" candidates. But is that what we're doing here...or exposing and exploiting vulnerabilities so that Republicans can take deeper advantage of them later? It seems to me that we're doing the work of our enemies for them.

1/12/08, 1:19 PM  

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