Dreams die hard Michelle.
Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny.
Tough night for Obama yesterday. Even tougher for Obama supporters.
It’s not much better today.
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Last night a frustrated, lurching, axelrodded Obama tried to lie with impunity before a national audience.
The conventional wisdom going into the debate (we count ourselves among the conventional last night) was that because it was the Martin Luther King holiday; because it was before a predominately African-American audience, because South Carolina Democratic primary voters will likely be over 45% African-American; because South Carolina African-Americans justly proud of a favorite “son” will vote mostly for Obama; because Obama leads in double digits in South Carolina; because Hillary leads just about everywhere else; because there is not much left of the John Edwards campaign; because of these circumstances – Obama would play a “rose garden” strategy and Hillary and Edwards would give Obama a “get out of jail free” card.
Instead of a rose garden tea party in Myrtle Beach, we witnessed a historic political prize fight rivaling any hard fought boxing match. By the end of the night Obama lay senseless on the canvass. Whelps of searing pain could be heard nation wide from the incense heavy redoubts where Obama supporters lay as stunned as their canvas hugging, bloodied pretender.
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Perhaps the Obama/Axelrod high command made the same judgment as conventional wisdom. Perhaps Obama/Axelrod thought that instead of playing a safe “rose garden” strategy, assuring them of a South Carolina victory, and because of the venue and the holiday they would have a sort of immunity and could attack at will and Hillary Clinton and John Edwards would stand passively by while an arrogant Obama amused himself at their plight. Perhaps, perhaps that is the mindset that led to the gross miscalculation by Obama last night.
In either case the Obama attack strategy backfired.
On Iraq, Hillary exposed the real Obama history. Hillary made the case for examining the record of Obama. Obama responded with a slimy implication regarding Hillary and Wal-Mart. Hillary did not take the Obama Wal-Mart punch as a loving kiss. Hillary could have responded, as we did long ago when discussing Hillary’s history with Wal-Mart, with a defense reply. Instead of a defense Hillary struck back in kind. REZKO. Slumlord. Inner-city. Voters nationwide were perplexed. REZKO? What is a REZKO? Why have American voters never been informed by Big Media of REZKO, many wondered? The REZKO google search was on.
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John Edwards finally provided a glimpse of why he was a successful trial advocate. Ol’ Blinky stared Obama down and forced Obama to blink. More blood on the canvass.
Edwards ripped Obama on his support for credit card companies and their usurious rates. Why did Obama vote against setting a ceiling of 30% on credit card interest rates and thereby allow skys-the-limit interest rates? Edwards punched. Obama attacks individual votes by Hillary and Edwards but objects to having his individual votes examined. Edwards punched. Why did Obama persistently vote “present” instead of “yes” or “no”? Edwards punched.
Edwards weak moment was in trying to stop the needed discussion on the stage regarding Obama’s ugly history. The issues are important and the discussion was and is needed. Edwards strongest moment was his heartfelt and genuine expressions of concern for a mother and her children trapped in poverty. Why does Obama abandon 15 million Americans to no health care? Edwards punched. Obama bled.
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Obama’s careful, Axelrod constructed, history is now under examination. Obama’s “history making” candidacy was autopsied.
In 1988 Jesse Jackson, won 11 primaries. Obama has won 1 caucus. The “history making” African-American candidate was Jesse. And Jesse did not parrot Republicans. Jesse Jackson carried the flag proudly for progressives. That’s why Jesse Jackson won 11 primaries – Jesse fought Republicans.
It’s 2 minutes to midnight for Obama. Obama might win the upcoming South Carolina primary. But last night we witnessed the clock running out on a slumlord hugging Chicago pol.