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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

fairy tale

As if the Clinton camp weren't satisfied with how low and how fast they've sunk, President Bill Clinton has decided to add yet another perjorative phrase to the Clinton campaign's running rhetorical insults targeting Obama voters: today we learn that Barack Obama's campaign is the biggest "fairy tale" Bill Clinton's ever seen.

I don't have much to say here other than to point out that the roots of Bill and Hillary's problem is that the voters are turning out in droves but those same voters are not, uh, actually voting for Hillary.

How dare they! How dare you voters! Shame on you voters for having hope! For supporting Barack Obama!

In the face of record setting attendance and turnout in Iowa and New Hampshire (which most Democrats would find to be a positive trend) the Clintons have engaged in a kind of rhetoric that is really shameless and counter productive: the Clintons are insulting the judgment of the very voters they need to come to their side!

(Could it be that Hillary is not winning votes because the voters don't think it's a good idea that she be the nominee in 2008?)

"False hopes" and "Fairy Tales" imply a kind of child-like electorate that has unthinkingly bought into Senator Barack Obama's campaign. This rhetoric has the effect of demeaning any of us who might find the Obama campaign to be not simply hopeful and encouraging, but also well-run and the best overall choice in 2008.

In a nutshell, you get the feeling that Bill and Hillary would be a lot more comfortable if the voters weren't turning out at the polling places in droves and setting records of participation. The Clintons certainly don't seem to appreciate all these new voters coming into the process through the historic and inspiring campaign of Barack Obama and the hard work of John Edwards.

Unfortunately, if Bill and Hillary's goal is to depress turnout, uninspire the electorate and demean the voters, they are picking the exact wrong and least effective moment in time to enunciate that strategy.

Not only will they lose, but they will drag themselves down a notch in the process.

For shame, Bill. You've wagged your finger at this voter one too many times.

Maybe it's time you give us a break.

2 Comments:

  • Add to this Ed Koch talking about "Obama Fever"...

    and you are starting to get a picture.

    Some people REALLY like power so much that they don't really notice their own pathetic rhetoric.

    I mean, god forbid that voters think Barack Obama is the right candidate for the USA in 2008!

    Obama Fever, pathetic, Ed.

    By Blogger kid oakland, at 12:19 PM  

  • Ouch!

    True, but...

    Ouch!

    By Blogger John Leek, at 12:41 PM  

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