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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

2008 Elections: Keith Olbermann

says it so we don't have to:

Ms. Ferraro apparently resigned today, with the implicit promise that she now feels free to continue to attack Senator Obama without it reflecting poorly on Senator Clinton.

We will not stand for ageist, racist, or sexist comments against Senator Clinton or Ms. Ferraro. Their political position is wrong. As Olbermann says, it is perceived as wrong, and even if they did not have malign intent, that perception is sufficient to doom the campaign. Caesar's wife, as someone wiser once said, must be above suspicion.

Here, we would like to point out that when Senator Obama began campaigning, most people of colour did not want to vote for him for various reasons, chief among them that he was an unknown quantity (the Clintons have a long track record of positive action on issues that concern people of colour); and the enduring fear that Senator Obama's success would be even more disappointing than his failure should he be, like two other successful candidates of recent memory &mdash the Kennedys &mdash assassinated. Senator Obama has won the votes of people of colour because he has shown them that he can win white votes, and women's votes, two constituencies that were seen as difficult for him.

Most importantly, if Senator Obama is fighting dirty, he is doing so with such finesse that we can't really find any instances of it. Feel free to point them out in comments, if you wish. And today, as he accepted the endorsement of various military figures, he was asked if he thought Hillary Clinton was sufficiently qualified to be CinC. His response:
"Yes, as I believe Senator McCain is. And, as I believe, I am," Obama said.
That's a better response than Senator Clinton has given to any question posed to her (including the ones she posed herself) about Obama.

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At 10:50 PM, Blogger Ms. Manitoba said...

Wow! Thanks for posting that video. I wanted to watch it but was too busy with parental duties.

Olbermann is a powerful speaker. I'm so glad he did a commentary on this matter. I see the pattern and it just disgusts me.

At 8:21 AM, Blogger ThePoliticalCat said...

Except for the rabid Hillary-haters, I think everyone wanted to believe there wasn't a pattern &mdash at least the first couple of times. It's sad, really, because I think a lot of people would've voted for her by default. Until she started this cheesy business.

At 3:41 PM, Blogger Chuck Butcher said...

It did not take being a Hillaryhater to see this coming. It did take paying attention without blinders on. There certainly is a set of Hillaryhaters and most of what they've got is horse manure, but the fact that they exist does not negate the very real bahavior Hillary has engaged in prior to the election. The fact that scurrilous attacks were made does not preclude there being something actually there, the difference being reality.


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