Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The last question

Charlie Gibson displays his ignorance by saying that the nomination could come down to superdelegates. Actually, Clinton has made it clear that she intends to go after pledged delegates, too, because they are not bound to vote for the person to whom they are "pledged."

"We need a fighter back in the White House," Clinton says, adding that she'll take back the tax giveaways to corporations, and give it back to the middle class, they feel invisible. "We will get back to shared prosperity," she says. Whoa -- dollars to doughnuts, we'll be hearing that quote a lot more this fall: It could end up being her "$87 billion" sound bite. Right-leaning moderates already wonder whether she's too liberal; channeling Marx isn't going to do her any favors.

Obama says he's speaking for people who are disillusioned, that people don't want spin and PR, but an honest conversation. Change doesn't happen from the top down, but from the bottom up, he says. He hits Clinton on the PAC money and special interest money that he isn't taking (insinuating that, of course, she is) and notes that people are participating because his message is resonating. If we are going to deliver on health care and other issues, Obama says, "it's vital that we form a new political coalition in this country," and that's what his campaign is all about.

No surprises; a couple of birdies here and there to even out the occasional bogey by both competitors, but overall, they both shot par.