Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Obama Goes For Dirt

According to the Washington Post today, and "anonymous" source in the Obama campaign said they are going to rehash all the old dirt on Clinton. You know, Whitewater- the investigation that cost millions of taxpayer dollars to find she did nothing illegal- and of course the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

Or will he? Or will the anonymous sources leak the possibility, set the media on a frenzy about Clinton and then Obama campaign sits back and giggles, claiming again how they would never go so negative.

Um... we're onto that game. Been going on since Muskie in 1972.

What is Obama without all the promise of a new hope, new politics? Because "leaking isn't new, that's old style, mud slinging, Boss Tweedy stuff. What is Obama? Will all those young people keep ignoring the dirty play and keep coming out to vote?

I find it fascinating the different titles today across the news. "Clinton Clearly Outduels Obama in Pennsylvania" (NYTimes) "Clinton Stays Alive With Victory" (Wall Street Journal, "Clinton Keeps her Hopes Alive" (Boston Globe)and my favorite, "Desperate Dems" (Huffington Post).

I have been amused by the endless comments everywhere about how it wasn't all that impressive, it wasn't that much, she needed to win by 20 to make a point- the ever moving target of success feels awfully familiar to me as a woman. No, do it this way, no you didn't do this, wait your forgot this... all games played by people who can't stand to acknowledge success.

My guess is, if she won by 20, they would have said it was expected. No big deal. He still had more money and more delegates to date. It's the same logic my twelve-year old employs when I put his cell phone in time out.

I still have my iPod.

When I take that too, he finds one more thing he has to point out how he's still standing.

The reality is, Obama can't beat Clinton. If he was so much the popular vote, if he had such a clear mandate from the people, the race would be over.

It isn't.

As Maureen Dowd wrote today- someone who has been no fan of Clinton's- "His subtext was obvious: Why can’t I just be president? Why do I have to keep eating these gooey waffles and answering these gotcha questions and debating this gonzo woman?"

Now the dirt comes out. I'm fine with the dirt. Clinton stood up to it before, she will again. Playing the "anonymous" leak game is a page right from Rove's playbook.

But remember... there is nothing about "change" or "hope" in that.

In the meantime? Clinton is on track to raise 10 million dollars in the 24 hours since winning Pennsylvania with a record 50,000 new donors.

Ultimately, since he cannot beat her even when he outspends her, why doesn't he quit?

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7 Comments:

Blogger m. cacioppo said...

re: digging up old clinton dirt. in a moment of lame curiosity i went over to americablog.

oy. vey.

they are talking about how they will dig it up so he doesn't have to.

i mean, they are getting hysterical over there and on dailykos. they are in a mad panic or something, so pathetic and desperate that they would bring up old clinton dirt that has been hashed and rehashed by the GOP over and over again and the horse is dead and they want to dig it up and beat it some more? and they are supposed to be progressives? democrats?

their hero worship is getting insane.

luckily i have been able to take a step back and think to myself. okay. how many actual voters are these nutball bloggers? and then i hope its smaller than it seems. because it just must be.

they are just plain scaring me at this point. they might end up living in a compound, wearing the same outfits, any day now!

10:23 PM  
Blogger Sue J said...

It's o.k. m.cacioppo. Let's all go have some waffles.

Stay away from americablog. It's become an incestuous little cult. I like to imagine they all look like the polygamist ladies.

7:22 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

waffles and sausage. extra whipped cream on top.

mmmmm. good stuff.

well, I've been hammered on bilerico.com and I have to say, it's kinda fun. I find the hysterics facinating.

I had someone ask me yesterday, so if Clinton wins (this is an Obama fan), what will he do for her? I know how she'll help him.

but ... what will he do for her?

I think we all know the answer.

nothing.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Fortune Cookies said...

What I find amazing about the gung-ho Obamians, is that none of them are adequately explaining to me how this unseasoned man is going to weather the rough ride to the white house IF he were to win the nomination and has to face McCane. We know Clinton can fight and stand her ground, she has proven unequivocally that she can belly up to the big guys. Obama's biggest battle was against Jack Ryan, and really, a donkey with a dunce cap would have won that seat, remembering, Ryan afterall, withdrew following the whole swingers club - sex in public fiasco.
As far as the americablog folks... parrots, all just parrots, from what I can tell.

10:13 AM  
Blogger m. cacioppo said...

sue: i have been so good at staying away from there, i had a moment of weakness! but it is fun to watch them squirm when she wins.

fortune cookies: have you seen the fuss over the new ad the NC GOP is going to run? its just a taste of the swiftboating yet to come.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I've seen the fuss, m., and it cracks me up.

johnny prozac has officially "denounced" it. and it runs and runs...

get a grip.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

This is where Clinton's experience is paying off. A relentless and well funded hate machine has been going after her since 1993. She's holding up and winning. He's cracking.

5:10 PM  

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