In recent days, the Hillary Clinton campaign for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination has amassed more strength, but has also become more fierce in her attacks on fellow Democratic contender Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois). She has won Rhode Island, Texas, and Ohio. But she has also used fear mongering ads, made statements that could be interpreted as being more favorable towards Republican Presidential candidate Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), painted Obama as duplicitous on NAFTA when it was in fact her being the disingenuous ones. Clinton has also seemed content to get the nomination via super delegates, regardless of the fact that Obama is ahead in both delegates and popular votes at this time.
Clinton however would retort that she has won the most valuable and electorally rich states in the litany of contests.
She seems to vacillate in an almost Nixonian way. Savaging him, while in the same breath stating that Obama should run a more positive campaign. Obama advisor Samantha Powers has even had to resign because she childishly labeled Senator Clinton “a monster” She apologized as she should have, but that was not good enough for Clinton.
However when Clinton staffers compare Obama to Ken Starr and refuse to apologize nobody so much as receives a slap on the wrist and just continues bemoaning that she was called a name.
Ex- Senator Gary Hart (D-Colorado) who was a Democratic Contender and the anti-establishment Democratic contender for the Party’s nomination, and an Obama supporter, speaks out and speaks the truth.
By saying that only she and she John McCain are qualified to lead the country, particularly in times of crisis, Hillary Clinton has broken that rule, severely damaged the Democratic Candidate who may well be the party’s nominee, and perhaps most ominously, revealed the unlimited lengths to which she will go to achieve power. She has essentially said that the Democratic party deserves to deserves to loose unless it nominates her.
As a veteran of red phone ads and “where’s the beef” cleverness, I am keenly aware that sharp elbows get thrown by those trailing in the fourth quarter (and sometimes even earlier). “Politics ain’t bean bag,” is the old slogan. But that does not mean that it must also be a rule-or-ruin, me-first and only me, my way or the highway. That is not politics. That is raw, unrestrained ambition for power that cannot accept the will of the voters.
Hart also was the subject of such manipulation and red phone fears by establishment Democratic candidate and ex-Vice President Walter Mondale in 1984, (Mondale was also rescued by establishment Democrats and was thought to be the more cautious and experienced candidate, later went on to loose forty-nine of fifty states in the general election).
With all the schizophrenic campaign tactics of Clinton, maybe she should discover who she is and get a consistent stable message before presuming herself the only one fit to hold the High office of U.S President. After all if you can’t run an effective and stable campaign, how can they be expected to win the General election or run the country in an effective way?