Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Here it is

Well, that didn't take long. Barack Obama, did you really mean what you said about people being bitter? He's been well prepped for this, but it still doesn't sound right. Now he's talking about wedge issues. There's the "frustration" word again. That's a good strategy, to substitute a new word for the old one.

Ugh, "I'm the granddaughter of a factory worker from Scranton." Blech. Clinton is back on the bitterness bandwagon. I think it's funny how she's all over Obama for the bitterness comment, but it was just a couple of weeks ago when she made that completely erroneous statement about Bosnia. So she's allowed to "misremember" and "misspeak," but Obama is vilified for his slip? Typical Clinton double standard.

Oh, no ... I didn't know George Stephanopoulos is involved here. Blech again. He shouldn't be there since he worked in the first Clinton Administration. This is interesting, getting her on the record on whether Obama can beat McCain. She's making the question about McCain, but she said that he can win, "Yes, yes, yes, but I think I can do a better job." There you go, superdelegates. Let's see if that matches what you've been told by the Clinton campaign behind closed doors. Any superdelegates out there, post in comments and let us know!

Obama says directly that he thinks Hillary can win but, of course, he thinks he's the better candidate. I think it's a mistake to repeat Clinton's charges against him about being "elitist." Just say that she's made charges, but don't repeat them. You are trying to play the word substitution game, remember? You're not doing yourself any favors by repeating it. He's taking the high road by recounting his thoughts to defend her when she made the famous "making cookies" comment in 1992. That is well done. There is the frustration word again. I'd like to have a word count on that when this is all over. I might look for that when a transcript is released.

Hillary is making a mistake by hammering on the issue again. Just make the point, and move on. She still hasn't mastered that concept. Apparently, getting booed at the manufacturing meeting the other day wasn't enough to convince her of it. Hillary would be a better candidate if she would just learn what is enough, and what is too much. Make the point, and move on. Otherwise, you look -- dare I say it? -- bitter.