January 10, 2008

NIGHT OF THE LONG SPOONS:


Clinton, Obama sharpen their rhetoric
: The leading Democrats and their backers may be done with gentility. (Doyle McManus and Peter Nicholas, 1/10/08, Los Angeles Times)

On the way to her win in New Hampshire, Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband criticized Barack Obama for spouting "poetry" and "fairy tales."

The day after, Obama said he was ready to use sharp words to counter attacks.

"I come from Chicago politics. We're accustomed to rough-and-tumble," the Illinois senator said Wednesday in one of many television interviews. "We have to make sure that we take it to them just like they take it to us."

It didn't take long for the first volley, though it did not come from Obama but from an ally.

Citing a key moment at the end of the New Hampshire campaign, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) said Clinton had choked up when someone asked about her hair, "not in response to other issues. . . . Her appearance brought her to tears, but not Hurricane Katrina."


Hillary's negatives are so high, and permanently so, that she has nothing to lose and the nomination to gain by going after Senator Obama. Given the utter absence of any ideas in his campaign and how little people know about him, such attacks will be particularly effective. In fact, she gets a multiplier effect because when he responds it will have a greater impact than usual on his own negatives because he's such a cypher.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 10, 2008 7:27 AM
Comments

Hurricane Katrina? That's so 2005. People are tired of it. Obama (and his followers) will have to do better than that.

The Jesses of the world should just call Hillary a phoney and be done with it.

Posted by: ratbert at January 10, 2008 8:11 AM
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