A Tale of Two Videos
Hillary’s Closing Argument:
The partisan Democratic bloggers have always been suspicious of Obama for the same reasons as Paul Krugman: his resistance to partisan confrontation, and his willingness to go after his rivals from the right on domestic policy.
His pokes at labor-backed 527s, his suggestion that trial lawyer is a dirty word, and his apparent shots at Al Gore and John Kerry have pushed a bunch of bloggers off the fence in the last two days, and — though it’s not going to move a whole lot of caucus-goers — it’s worth noticing.
Two themes to watch: Some of the bloggers are arguing that a win in Iowa that’s based on independent and/or GOP support would in some way be less valid; though I suspect that the storyline that he’s bringing new people in and appealing to the center will actually be a pretty powerful case outside the most partisan circles.
Also, that as Ezra Klein writes, Obama represents the "old politics of centrist caution and status quo bias."
That’s what used to be called, ironically, Clintonism.
Sen. Obama, please stop referring, as you do in almost every speech, to the last two decades in Beltwayistan as a “partisan food fight.”
Ask the wrongly jailed Susan McDougal if it has been a “food fight.”
Ask wrongly imprisoned former Gov. Don Siegelman of Alabama if it was a “food fight.”
Ask Vince Foster’s wife if it has been a “food fight.”
Ask Valerie Plame and those who put their lives on the line to work with her if it has been a “food fight.”
Ask all of those in the US military, intelligence, diplomatic and law enforcement communities (most of them Republicans) who have resigned from the services they loved — rather than enable tyranny, treason or torture. Ask them, if it has been a “food fight.”
Ask the African American people of New Orleans abandoned before, during and after Katrina if it has been a “food fight.”
Ask the African American people of Fraudida who were wrongly purged from the voter roles if it has been a “food fight.”
Ask the African American people of Ohio who stood in the cold rain for hours to cast votes that were not even counted if it has been a “food fight.”
Ask Pat Tillman’s brother if it has been a “food fight.”
Ask the Jersey Girls and the other activist survivors of 9/11 victims if it has been a “food fight.”
Ask the families of the thousands of men and women of the US military who died in Iraq for nothing more than a neo-con wet dream if it has been a “food fight.”
Ask the fired US attorneys (all Republican) if this has been a “food fight.”
Ask Michael Schiavo if it has been a “food fight.”
Ask Michael J. Fox and all the others who have fought for stem cell research funding if it has been a “food fight.”
The arrogance of these remarks, sir, is insufferable, and it is eclipsed only by their naivety.
In truth, Gore won Florida and Kerry won Ohio, which means, in truth, they both won the electoral college vote and should have been sworn into office.
Both elections were stolen.
I am not surprised that you deny the theft of the 2000 and 2004 elections (most of the political establishment you pretend not to belong to denies it); but I am surprised and disappointed that you would seek to gain political advantage by embellishing the false narratives of 2000 and 2004 with the insinuation that somehow it was the way that Gore and Kerry waged their campaigns led to the two “defeats.”
Are you really ready for what 2008 is going to be like?
I have noticed you enjoy invoking Abraham Lincoln.
Sen. Obama, Lincoln fought to his own death to save the Republic against its enemies, and he did not talk of peace until he had crushed them on the battlefield.
Sen. Obama, Lincoln did not pretend the divide did not exist, nor did he use high-borne rhetoric to create an unstable bridge across it.
No, Lincoln collapsed that divide. Lincoln went to war.
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