Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Bill Clinton Undercuts Obama Again

This does not bode well:

DENVER — Bill Clinton appeared to undermine Sen. Barack Obama again Tuesday.

The former president, speaking in Denver, posed a hypothetical question in which he seemed to suggest that that the Democratic Party was making a mistake in choosing Obama as its presidential nominee.

He said: “Suppose you’re a voter, and you’ve got candidate X and candidate Y. Candidate X agrees with you on everything, but you don’t think that candidate can deliver on anything at all. Candidate Y you agree with on about half the issues, but he can deliver. Which candidate are you going to vote for?”

Then, perhaps mindful of how his off-the-cuff remarks might be taken, Clinton added after a pause: “This has nothing to do with what’s going on now.”

The comments are unlikely to be taken as an innocent mistake by those Democrats who continue to be angry with the former president for, they say, not supporting the Illinois senator wholeheartedly, if not implicitly undercutting him.

This will predictably ignite another firestorm. And if Bill Clinton addresses the convention tomorrow with comments like this, it could permanently diminish him as a national figure in Democratic politics. Unbelievable.

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August 26, 2008 - Posted by | talking points | , ,

8 Comments »

  1. Bless his little heart, but Bill needs a long, long, long, long, long vacation. Perhaps he could begin right now and appear again in December.

    Comment by Mark Shaw | August 26, 2008 | Reply

  2. Perhaps December of 2011, if even then.

    Comment by turneresq | August 26, 2008 | Reply

  3. Thank God we didn’t select his wife as VP. We’d have to deal with this drama every day.

    Comment by dansac | August 26, 2008 | Reply

  4. Well, yeah. That’s why I don’t think the sudden “Clintons disgruntled” talking points from their usual surrogates on news channels is an accident, and neither are the stories about her not being vetted or picked as Vice-President. This is designed to prevent Clinton’s supporters from coming on board, as you can see by the tracking polls today, which show a McCain gain.

    Comment by slinkerwink | August 26, 2008 | Reply

  5. Slink, I hate being a poll apologist, but I don’t really think the tracking poll movement really means a thing.

    Comment by dansac | August 26, 2008 | Reply

  6. dansac,

    We’re going to be dealing with them all the way to November. Slink’s right. Way too much smoke to not be fire here.

    You watch: Hillary will half-ass her speech tonight. And Bill will throw out just a bit or two to sow doubts about his intentions in the press.

    The surrogates will continue to portray the Clintons as disgruntled.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: “The Clintons: They’re There When They Need You.”

    Comment by Drew J Jones | August 26, 2008 | Reply

  7. I am still curious to see him speak tonight. Along with Kerry, Biden and others. I hope they have more true stories by normal folks. Thank you.

    Comment by trellskig | August 27, 2008 | Reply

  8. I am a Democrat and the Democratic party DID MAKE A BIG MISTAKE WHEN THEY SELECTED OBAMA.

    Here is why:

    Obama,

    You are the first candidate the U.S. has had in a long time that has continued to spread false information from the first time you hit the campaign trail.

    I find your technique one of the most offensive I have ever experienced. I find your ethics are on the border of being unethical and your manipulation of the facts most disgusting.

    It is common knowledge that the media will always press United States citizens to vote for the candidate who offers them the biggest kick-backs, pay-backs, and over-all “favors”. That is you, Obama.

    Then look at your over all personas: Your stance, the way you hold your head, your gestures, the clothes you wear, the pronouns and adjectives you use. Everything about you is the personification of an individual, who does NOT, let me repeat DOES NOT, have the United States citizens interests’ at heart. You are an elitist and the persona I just described is living proof — your entire appearance is proof — FACT — of what I say.

    Okay – now let’s talk about education. You have a law degree but did not practice law. Why? Readers – look this one up and you will see why. And, the result is not a positive one.

    Then there is the community organizer work you undertook in the state of Illinois. That, too, has been overstated and turned into something “positive” that it in fact was NOT. Dear readers – check this one out yourself as there are many Illinois citizens who will tell you the “truth.”

    My education – NOBAMA – is equal to or greater than your education. I do have the same ability as you to influence U.S. Citizens: And I certainly am taking the opportunity to exploit you for what you truly are.

    You see I am an educator, who works for a famous “Research One” institution, who has the ability to write Journal Articles that all college students will use for research. The true facts about you will come out and in a place that will most definitely do the most good – to influence voters “young voters” on how to spot an individual who does not represent the United States in the capacity as he states he will. Make no mistake, Obama, people will definitely know the subject of the Journal Articles is referencing you and your 2008 Presidential campaign.

    See you in “honest” fact-finding print.

    Comment by Versailles | October 4, 2008 | Reply


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