The Brilliance of the Obama Campaign

Bill Kristol said:

KRISTOL: [Obama’s] riding a wave of euphoria. She [Clinton] needs to puncture it. The way you puncture euphoria is reality, or to be more blunt, fear. I recommend to Senator Clinton the politics of fear.

It’s nice to see that Hillary is following his advice by working like a Republican to instill fear in American voters.

Within 8 hours, the Obama campaign countered the fear-mongering with this:


Which is more important?

A fat rolodex or sound judgment?

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3 responses to “The Brilliance of the Obama Campaign

  1. To me, this ad is endemic of the problems in Hillary Clinton’s campaign all along:

    She’s fighting the same battles she and her opponents on the right have been fighting for 16 years. She’s using the same tactics she and her opponents on the right have been using since time immemorial.

    And thank God, it isn’t working.

    Clinton supporters need to get it through their heads that Hillary IS Bush:

    – Same campaign tactics.

    – She’s voted in support of him at nearly every turn.

    – She’d have no problem with a monarchical executive as she has done nothing to curb the Bush/Cheney power grab – in my estimation, because she wants the same all-encompassing power if she’s ever sitting in the Oval Office.

    -Relying on nepotism

    -Surrounding herself with incompetents: Patti Solis Doyle and Mark Penn leap immediately to mind.

    -An inability to admit to error

    -Vilification of one’s opponents

  2. You’re absolutely right!

    Hillary and her team are acting as if they think it’s 1992 and are campaigning thusly.

    They don’t seem to understand how the country has changed in the past 16 years, so they go campaign with their 10 state strategy and go out of their way to insult residents of small states and red states that are going for Obama heavily.

    In their arrogance, it’s hard for them to understand why most Democrats are not willing to bow down to their new queen.

    They seem to think that voters are stupid enough to believe that Hillary’s excuse that she was “tricked” by George Bush was a good reason to vote for the Iraq war. I knew Bush was lying, why didn’t she?

    Of course she knew, but it was all politics, and for those people voting for political reasons over reasons of principle is acceptable.

    Thank God the 90s are long gone.

  3. Mr. Ford,

    I completely agree with your assertions above.

    As to your point that you knew Bush was lying, I’m right there with you….I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve thought to myself, “I’m no genius – by a mile – and even *I* knew Bush was lying.” And like you, I think she knew all along Bush was full of it.

    Again, I think it goes back to 1992 -> Al Gore was a viable vice-presidential selection for then-candidate Bill Clinton because Gore had voted in support of sending troops to liberate Kuwait. This singular vote supposedly demonstrated Gore’s hawkish tendencies, his inclination to break with his party, and served as a counter to Bill Clinton’s Vietnam troubles.

    Fast forward to 2002. Hillary, already with entrenched presidential ambitions of her own, casts her vote in favor of using force against Iraq, fully aware that the multiple cases being made in favor of it fail to hold water. But, she’s a woman, a Democrat, it’s post 9/11, and she needs to look like a hawk. Ditto her vote on Kyl-Lieberman.

    The Clintons are nothing if not calculating. And in a different political climate, they were remarkably politically astute.

    I’m grateful as well that the 90’s are long gone. Hopefully, after tomorrow, we can begin to say goodbye to the very last vestige of that decade.

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