April 13, 2008

OOOH, THE STUFF HE SAYS ABOUT YOU BEHIND YOUR BACK:

Obama's Great Mistake, The "San Francisco Democrat" (David Paul Kuhn, 4/13/08, Real Clear Politics)

It's difficult to underestimate the enduring impact of Barack Obama's "bitter" remark. The day after John Kerry blurted that he "actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it" Vice President Dick Cheney ripped into the Democratic nominee and GOP strategists were already envisioning a new ad featuring the gaffe, intent on undercutting Kerry's character as a flip-flopper.

That week, four years ago, there were no banner headlines in major American newspapers declaring a turning point in the presidential race. Soon after the remark Kerry took a break from the campaign and skied at a resort in Idaho, a trip that added the air of elitism to Kerry's already sundered grit.

The Bush campaign had effectively won the campaign. It was only mid March. [...]

Obama has stood by the remark. He has said that he could have been more rhetorically tactful -- a defense reminiscent of Kerry's explanation.

Political attacks work when they reinforce real perceptions. They become narratives when built on enough anecdotes. And those attacks can become critical when they seem to confirm long-held partisan stereotypes. Obama has just provided what may prove to be the keystone in the arc of Republican attacks.


Of course, you'd have to actually be in touch with America to realize how much damage you're doing yourself.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 13, 2008 11:13 PM
Comments

God, guns and guts, remember? Effendi Obama has drawn the sword in the culture war, and thrown away the scabbard.

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 14, 2008 2:46 AM

Perhaps it was also just a ... joke?

Posted by: Genecis at April 14, 2008 1:46 PM
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