pick a day, pick a message

by twit

Hillary Clinton has been asked to explain the contradiction within her idea that Barack Obama would be a great Vice President and her constant refrain that he lacks enough experience to be Commander-in-Chief:

From The Hill on March 10, 2008:

Howard Wolfson, Clinton’s chief spokesman, said during a conference call with reporters that Clinton would not pick a running mate who has not met the “national security threshold” — as Clinton’s military advisers and Wolfson put it on the call — but that it is possible Obama could meet that threshold by this summer’s Democratic convention.

A March 9, 2008 report via MSNBC supplies some context to what Clinton means when she talks about “experience,” at least when it comes to her campaign:

Again and again, the senator was portrayed as a manager who valued loyalty and familiarity over experience and expertise.

So, Obama isn’t experienced enough to lead this country until maybe this summer, but when it comes to experience, Clinton doesn’t value the concept within her own campaign. Perhaps that is why she sounds a little shrill on the issue.

Her choice of lieutenants — and her insistence on staying with them even when friends urged her to shake things up — was blamed by some associates for the campaign’s woes.

I suppose she knows just how damaging it can be to rely on an inexperienced staff, and how painfully clear her own lack of experience is when her campaign is breaking new ground in historical levels of “disorder and dysfunction.”

“She hasn’t managed anything as complex as this before; that’s the problem with senators,” said James A. Thurber, a professor of government at American University who is an expert on presidential management. “She wasn’t as decisive as she should have been. And it’s a legitimate question to ask: Under great pressure from two different factions, can she make some hard decisions and move ahead? It seems to just fester. She doesn’t seem to know how to stop it or want to stop it.”

Or wait, maybe she doesn’t really value experience, if that’s why she wants Obama, once she gets to know him a little better? She likes the freshness his new perspective can bring? She doesn’t mind inexperience in her staff, except when they run her campaign into the ground, and she’d mind it with her Vice President, but probably not Obama, who’d have enough experience soon.

wait, what?

Or maybe this is what “experience” means when it comes to the Clintons:

… Republicans already have a pretty clear road map for how to run against Hillary. (It’s not as if it would be the first time she’s been their nemesis.)

Surveys and focus groups the RNC commissioned earlier in the year indicate voters think Clinton “will say or do anything to get elected” and that she’ll raise their taxes. “Americans know Senator Clinton, and they know that they can’t trust her,” RNC spokesman Alex Conant said.

Attacks might not even need to dredge up all the old battles of her husband’s administration — though, as the “socialized medicine” refrain that crept back into Republican talking points this year shows, the GOP does like to tie old lines into new ones.

And a McCain-Clinton contest would pretty much end all the worries at McCain’s Alexandria, Va., headquarters about how to unite Republicans behind him; just sending out an e-mail with “Hillary Clinton” in the subject line could probably raise him a few million bucks.

Now that makes some sense…


Obama responds

COLUMBUS, Miss — Sen. Barack Obama delivered an animated rebuke today of suggestions from the Clintons in recent days that he could run as her vice president.

“Now first of all with all due respect, with all due respect,” he said here during a town hall meeting. “I won twice as many states as Sen. Clinton. I won more of the popular vote than Sen. Clinton. I have more delegates than Sen. Clinton. So I don’t’ know how someone in second place can offer the vice presidency to someone in first place. If I was in second place I could understand but I am in first place right now.”

…  “I don’t understand. If I am not ready, how is it that you think I should be such a great vice president?” Obama asked the crowd, which gave him a standing ovation during his defense. “I don’t understand.”

“You can’t say he is not ready on day one, then you want him to be your vice president,” Obama continued. “I just want everybody to absolutely clear: I am not running for vice president. I am running to be president of the United States of America.”

One Response to pick a day, pick a message

  1. Peersyi says:

    thanks much, guy

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