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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:01 PM
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Obama's Character Problem? "Daily Howler" points out ...MAYBE...
Edited on Sat Nov-17-07 12:14 PM by KoKo01
... Weird! We read Obamas bookand discovered Clintons plan:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2007

OBAMA "The Audacity of Hope" (page 183): As vital as it may be to raise the wages of American workers and improve their retirement security, perhaps our most pressing task is to fix our broken health-care system. Unlike Social Security, the two main government-funded health-care programsMedicare and Medicaidreally are broken; without any changes by 2050, these two entitlements, along with Social Security, could grow to consume as large a share of our national economy as the entire federal budget does today.


Unlike Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid really are broken, he says. This is exactly what Clinton says nowand Obama attacks her for it. Just last year, this outlook displayed the audacity of hope. Today, its a sign of bad character.

Were sorry, but weve seen this movie before; it played in 1999 and 2000, and it did massive harm to this country. At that time, Bill Bradley had launched a self-consciously high-minded run for the White House, just as Obama has done this year; Bradley faced a strongly-entrenched front-runner, just as Obama does. But uh-oh! When Bradley failed to gain sufficient traction against his opponent, he and his campaign began launching bogus attacks on this fellows characterand he used reams of old RNC spin in launching these punishing sorties. Indeed, by the late fall of 1999, Bradleys campaign was using every old RNC attack-line that could be found in that orgs butcher shop. (The mainstream press corps loved these scripts, and was quite happy to pimp them.) With Bradley, this process even descended to the point where he claimed that his opponent, Al Gore, was responsible for the 1988 Willie Horton race-slimingan ugly, ludicrous, inexcusable charge which the RNC had brainlessly pimped since July 1992. (See THE DAILY HOWLER, 11/01/02, for a fairly detailed account of this matter. Youll see George Will making this ludicrous charge against Gore during the 1992 Dem convention.)

What makes this eight-year-old episode so much like the current one? Just this: In his own 1997 best-seller, Time Present, Time Past, Bradley had explicitly said, in substantial detail, that Gore did not racialize the Willie Horton matter. Needless to say, everyone with half a brain already knew this. But you know how these high-minded White House campaigns can be! Having told the truth in 1997, Bradley began to misstate in 1999and the mainstream press, which was now jeering Gore during debates, was perfectly happy to let him. (Except Mort Kondracke. See link above.)

Its hard to watch high-minded Obama now without thinking of high-minded Bradley back then. In Obamas book, published last year, he proposes Clintons current plan! But today, when she takes this stance, he attacks her character. Its the same stance he promoted last year. (And on This Week, just this May.)

This is how Bradley helped Bush reach the White House. His claims that Gore was a hit-man and a liar were recited by the press corps all through the 2000 general election. Now Obama is calling a front-runner namescontradicting what he said in his best-seller. Unless you want a Republican successor to Bush, its very bad news to see this bad movie back in the theaters again.


Note on history:Yes. Sometimes, strategists do recommend such conduct. And ambitious candidates do sometimes accede. Were sorry to have to speak frankly today. But this is your recent, sad history.

http://www.dailyhowler.com/dh111607.html
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:10 PM
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1. many people, for several years have said this (Medicare worse than SS)--it is not new
for any of the candidates
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MethuenProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:13 PM
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2. "...he proposes Clintons current plan!" He was for it before he was against it?
Or is he for it again? It's hard to keep up.
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:42 PM
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7. Now don't be so hard on yourself.
If you can follow Clinton's five illegal DL belly flipflops these past 2 weeks, you can keep up with anything.
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:13 PM
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3. Daily Howler is a Hillary supporter/surrogate.
Mark Penn probably wrote ghostwrote this for Daily Howler while taking a break from giving Blackwater PR talking points.
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:22 PM
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5. Well - you just made that up.
Congrats - good work for a Saturday morning.
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:40 PM
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6. No I am not.
It's not farfetched given what we know of Bunker Hillary, given that they feed stories to Drudge also.
I guess HillaryIs44 is a laughingstock with zero credibility, so it's on to a new campaign surrogate website.



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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:51 PM
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8. Way To Slam Bob Somersby
Maybe you should familiarize yourself with his bio...

He was Al Gore's room mate at Harvard and was appalled at he way Gore was pilloried in the press during the 00 campaign and his blog was a response to it...

As for the Clintons I don't blame them at all for being suspicious of the press...

And for the OP I think it's kind of silly... Barack Obama is a politician and he does what a politician does... Taking dumb positions doesn't strike me as a character flaw...
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Blackhatjack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:18 PM
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4. The Repub Opposition Research Files on Obama Have Not Yet Been Opened....
Almost 2 years ago it was reported on the QT that Republican opposition researchers had extensively investigated every page of Obama's book, his previous speeches, his record in the IL State Senate, and his personal life issues(ie. drug use, education, relationships, etc.).

Both Edwards and Clinton have been through highly publicized campaigns where the Repub candidates have used the opposition research collected on them. Not so with Obama.

If Clinton is the Democratic Nominee, there is plenty of 'tried and true' opposition research to use that has worked before when husband Bill ran and was in office.

Edwards comes out the cleanest of the three having run for President and VP in the last election cycle, and there being very little substance dredged up on him.

So far Repubs have sat back and watched Clinton and Obama duke it out knowing they are well armed with either of those as the Democratic Nominee. However, Edwards presents a real threat that will not be easily diffused if he becomes the Nominee.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 04:59 PM
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9. Good Point....n/t
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 06:50 PM
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10. Oh, that's something I didn't know
Now, suddenly, it all makes sense. Clinton v. Obama is the media's dream match-up. They're prepared for either of them should they win the primaries.

Now that I come to think of it, there really hasn't been that much "substantive" dirt dug up on Obama.

They're saving it for later.

Too bad if Edwards gets in.
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