What is Barack Obama up to? What is Hillary Clinton doing? What are the other candidates up to?
The quick answers:
Barack Obama is turning into George Bush. In fact, Obama is defending George Bush. George Bush is not to blame for our problems, says the naive and irresponsible and inexperienced Obama. Obama has forgotten he is a Democrat. Obama has become a Naderite. Both parties are to blame says Nader Obama. What a laughable suggestion from Obama. [More on this later.]
Hillary Clinton is begining to clinch the Democratic nomination and preparing for her general election run. Hillary is earning votes, one at a time. Hillary is running a brilliant, methodical, intelligent, unyielding, relentless, rapid-response, well-organized, well staffed, well-thought out, long-term, short-term campaign.
After Obama taking Bush”s “you are with us or you are against us” moment on Pakistan, Obama now says he is the new Bush uniter not divider. Pat Buchanan on the 8/15/07 Tucker show.
SHUSTER: Let‘s talk about Barack Obama. In an interview with the “Washington Post,” he said that I believe I can bring the country together more effectively than she can, referring to Hillary Clinton. Obama said something sort of similar the other night at the Democratic forum. But when you sit down to with the “Washington Post,” in my estimation it‘s a much more calculated strategy and theme.
This was much more calculated to portray Hillary Clinton as the past.
MCMAHON: He needs to draw some distinctions between himself and Hillary Clinton because he‘s about 20 points behind at this point. Although in Iowa and the early primary states, it‘s a very, very close race. To the extent that people are looking for an alternative to Hillary Clinton, it probably is because of what they perceive as the ideological gridlock and the partisan warfare occurred during the time that President Clinton was in the White House.
That may or may not be an accurate or fair representation of what the record is, but that‘s what he‘s trying to tap into.
BUCHANAN: He‘s right. Look, Obama‘s strategy‘s not working. Hillary is rising slowly. He‘s falling slowly. You‘ve got to change it. He‘s got to go after her. It‘s a calculated cold political decision. Let‘s go after her and engage her in a battle. I agree. Nationally he‘s not making it.
He‘s still got a fighting chance in those first three states. They could be everything. If he can win Iowa and New Hampshire, I think he explodes. He‘s decided, OK, let‘s take the gloves off. The high road ain‘t doing it anymore.
OLBERMANN: The last time a politician claimed to be a uniter and not a divider, it was George W. Bush. Better luck next time. Our fourth story tonight, our “Countdown” to 2008, and since the uniter title is available, Barack Obama is picking up the theme. The Illinois senator saying one of the reasons he decided to run for president because Hillary Clinton is too divisive to get the country out of what he calls our ideological gridlock.
Senator Obama telling the “Washington Post”: “I think it is fair to say that I believe I can bring the country together more effectively than she can. That is not entirely a problem of her making. So of those battles in the ‘90s that she went through were the result of some pretty unfair attacks on the Clintons. But that history exists, and so, yes, I believe I can bring the country together in a way she cannot do.”
Ironically, it is the same line of attack on Senator Clinton used by the White House after a new campaign ad said the middle class and even the troops are invisible to President Bush.
The soon to be removed presidential brain, Karl Rove, already rerunning his catch phrases again today, describing Clinton as fatally flawed, as he appeared with comedian Rush Limbaugh.
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KARL ROVE, FORMER WHITE HOUSE ADVISOR: She is who she is. There is no front runner who has entered the primary season with negatives as high as she has in the history of modern polling. She is going into the general election in the high 40‘s on the negative side and just below that on the positive side. There‘s no one who is ever won the presidency was started out in that position.
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OLBERMANN: Clinton seemed to revel in the White House. She made a statement late in Iowa today.
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CLINTON: Karl Rove attacked me today trying to, once again, poison the atmosphere. I feel so lucky that I‘m giving them such heartburn.
KO talks about the low road Obama is riding on perched atop his high horse:
OLBERMANN: Senator Obama, with this interview with your colleagues at “The Post,” seems to a split a very fine hair. He says that Hillary Clinton is too divisive to win, he is not. He is willing to be divisive enough to attack another Democrat for being divisive. It‘s like an M.C. Escher drawing.
KO also reminds us of another Obama goof no one has mentioned yet (Note to George Stephanoupoulos: here is yet another good Obama gaffe questions):
OLBERMANN: The mild stuff seems to be getting past people. There was something about Senator Obama and this issue of unifying that happened at the debate in Chicago that seems to go right past people. He was talking about roots to citizenship for immigrants. He suggested one of the tests should be are they learning English. In retrospect, I think I should have stopped the debate right there and said, did you really just say that? How unifying is that position going to be among Democrats in, say, Florida and New York and California and Texas?
Ralph Nader blames Democrats and Ripublicans equally for the nation’s failings. Ralph Nader loved saying that there was no difference between George Bush and Al Gore. Now Obama is saying that Bush, who has abused his power and lied us into Iraq is getting absolution from Obama:
“Part of the problem here is not just George Bush and the White House,” Obama told a crowd of hundreds gathered at a park in Cedar Falls. “We can’t just change political parties and continue to do the same kind of things we’ve been doing. We can’t just go about business as usual and think it’s going to turn out differently.”
Nice political theory Barack, but not really germane is it? Our problem right now is the Bush/Cheney government and their abuses of power. Of course Obama also does not think what Bush has done to this country reaches the level of abuse of power and is not impeachable. It is one thing to admit that it will be difficult and might not be advisable to impeach Bush and Cheney it is quite another to argue that the abuses of power by Bush and Cheney do not reach the constitutional threshold for impeachable offenses.
While Nader Obama is absolving Bush, Hillary is fighting Bush and Karl Rove:
For the second time in two days, a high-ranking White House official has taken issue with Hillary Clinton’s recent critical campaign TV ad of President Bush. Yesterday, it was White House spokeswoman Dana Perino; today, it’s none other than outgoing political adviser Karl Rove.
For Democrats, the choice is now very simple.
Obama is rapidly becoming a Naderite and apologist for George Bush. Obama is so desperate as his campaign falls apart that he will go very dirty, very fast. Very dirty, Very fast.
Hillary is fighting George Bush.
The Naderites will side with Obama and George Bush.
Democrats will nominate Hillary. We have had enough Bush moments.