March 4, 2008

SOMETIMES THE FLAK-CATCHER TIRES OF MAU-MAU:

Clinton Takes Obama Head On (KAREN TUMULTY, 3/03/08, TIME)

[S]he's been equally specific in her blistering critiques of Obama of late. On Monday, after the Associated Press reported that Obama's senior economic adviser had indeed privately told Canadian consular officials not to take the candidate's anti-NAFTA rhetoric all that seriously, Clinton lit into both Obama and the media. She said the alleged communication, which the senior adviser claimed had been misinterpreted, shows the Obama campaign has "done the old wink-wink. Don't pay any attention. This is just political rhetoric." She also suggested the media would be treating this more seriously if she had done it. "With this story, substitute my name for Senator Obama's and just ask yourself."

At times, it seemed Clinton was all but accusing Obama of being an empty suit. She warned voters not to be swayed by speeches that left them thinking, "That was beautiful, but what did it mean?" Defending her provocative television ad suggesting he was not up to the challenge of answering the White House phone at 3 a.m. in a crisis, she told reporters at a news conference Monday in Toledo: "I have a lifetime of experience I will bring to the White House. I know Senator McCain [the presumptive Republican nominee] has a lifetime of experience he will bring to the White House. And Senator Obama has a speech he made in 2002" — a reference to the address in which Obama, before being elected to the Senate, had publicly opposed the Iraq invasion that she and McCain had voted to authorize.

Clinton's chief strategist Mark Penn went so far Monday as to claim that her so-called "red phone" ad, and the issue of national security readiness it has brought up, has been a "tipping point" in the race leading up to Ohio and Texas. "Just by merely asking the question and nothing more, millions of people understood what is the answer to that question."


Where's Roger Mudd when Hillary needs him?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 4, 2008 7:30 AM
Comments

No, Mrs. Obama would step in to answer those troublesome questions about "why"? And if Roger got too direct, Michelle would spank him.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 4, 2008 9:02 AM
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