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Does Obama now believe negativity pays?
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Senator Clinton certainly does and you can expect to see more red phones, more messiah talk and more lack of experience rhetoric.

So, Obama is at a cross-road. Does he attempt to remain above the fray, take the high road and spend the rest of the campaign on the defensive? Or does he take off the gloves, jump into the pit, and swing away?

Well, according to this, it's "no more Mr. Nice Guy":
Democratic Sen. Barack Obama on Wednesday blamed his primary defeats in Ohio and Texas on rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's criticism and news converage that he argued benefited her at his expense.

The presidential candidate said he planned to do more in the days ahead to raise doubts about his opponent's claims to foreign policy and other Washington experience. In a television ad that her campaign credits with helping her win, she portrayed herself as most prepared to handle an international crisis.

"What exactly is this foreign policy experience?" Obama asked mockingly. "Was she negotiating treaties? Was she handling crises? The answer is no."
Ah yes, the old "when is attending the funeral of a foreign leader the same as negotiating a treaty" question? Sounds to me that Obama has made his decision.
As to tactics ahead, Obama said that Clinton "made a series of arguments on why she should be a superior candidate. I think it's important to examine that argument."

"We're happy to join the debate, If that's the debate they want to have," Obama said, noting Clinton's efforts to portray him as lacking her level of experience. "In the coming weeks, we will join her in that argument."
Code words for negative campaigning or is he talking about real debate or a real argument? The next 7 weeks will tell the tale.
 
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It’s the Pot vs Kettle Cage Match.
 
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War Betwixt the Glass-House Neighbors.
 
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What a difference a Saturday Night Live skit and seating folks next to a urinal make.
 
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This was a good primary night for the Democrats. If Obama is to be their nominee, he has to pass this test, he has to get pushed down and challenged and prove he can overcome it. If he can’t pass this test, he would certainly have failed against McCain. Political Nietzsche: whatever doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. If Obama can’t handle this, then the Democrats are probably better off with Hillary. But Obama needs to be challenged before October to show he can handle it.
 
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I guess "hope" and "change" can only take you so far before you decide you need to revert to politics as usual.

 
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Nietzche never got run over by a truck: what doesn’t kill you sometimes makes you very, very weak for quite some time.

I’m sure the advertising industry is grateful for this turn of events. It’s like Christmas shopping season all year ’round.

 
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