Hillary is going to have to try to do something dramatic in the next debates
She is going to to speak out loudly, it can't be the same safe political talk and minor attacks we've seen in the other debates.
But... how can she do it? I think the health care argument goes to a stalemate. Obama is at least defensible on that.
About him only being talk? He can and has deflected that, but perhaps, she can try to highlight this in some new manner, and Obama will have to make a creative, off the top of his head deflection or be hurt a lot.
I feel confident about Obama, he has a very clear head, knows his political weaknesses and strengths, and probably has few if any attacks he could not respond against. He isn't infallible though of course.
24. We've gotten bogged down in Middle-Eastern foreign policy.
Edited on Wed Feb-20-08 02:08 AM by Tatiana
But there are a host of other relationships we need to cultivate like the European Union, India, China, Korea, Russia, Mexico, SOUTH AMERICA (Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, etc.), CUBA...
By virtue of her husband and being First Lady, Hillary already has a jump start and vast knowledge base on these nations. Africa (Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, Tanzania, Chad, Ethiopia, Sudan, etc.) is a draw between the two, but if someone asks a question like "What should the position of the United States be regarding Taiwan's sovereignty?" I think this is territory that Clinton can own.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I just think she starts off way ahead in this area.
It was expected to be bad and it has been worse than expected, but she always knew Obama would have a real momentum roll going through Hawaii. It has left her in a pretty bad place no doubt, but the schedule now at least gives her a chance to reboot.
The two debates are critical for Hillary, because they provide her with two "contests" that are immune to Obama's momentum, because no one will literally be voting in them. As it stands there is a temptation for voters to go with Obama now not only for the usual reason of preferring him to an opponent, but also to "get this thing over with". That is part of how Obama's momentum from a string of victories is helping him, it creates his own "inevitability factor". But the debates provide a "cooling off period" from voting, where voters will again simply be comparing the strengths and weaknesses of Obama and Clinton without going into any polling booths.
The debates give Hillary her last best chance to wipe the recent slate clean before the big primaries in Ohio and Texas. They are important to Obama also though, because they provide the last best chance for him to increase his own stature and gravitas prior to taking on McCain as our nominee, assuming Obama wins the nomination. Sharing a stage with Hillary Clinton twice, one on one, and holding his own while doing so unscripted can help Obama overcome some of the negative effects of an "experience gap" with McCain, helping Americans view him as equally as "Presidential" as McCain.
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