Sunday, April 06, 2008

"As Good As It's Gonna Get..."

NOTE: This is a post I had 95% finished last week, that got pushed aside by my anger over the Scaife "Race Card." That has NOT subsided—there is no possible way I will EVER regain this gracious of a position regarding Hillary or her political future. But, I decided to put it up as it reflects the way I think the party honchos like Dean, Leahy and others should handle Clinton. To his credit, Obama has been more than gracious regarding Hillary continuing her run [video], and she has repaid him with nothing but lies and misrepresentations.

At Shakes last week there were a few threads (here and here) reacting to calls for Hillary Clinton to pull out of the race. By and large, I think the denizens of Shakesville are too protective of Clinton, and too reactive to everything said about her, but after some objection from me and others, they had a point about Kristoff's column last week, and Leahy's remarks a day or two later. Care should be taken with language about Hillary's "right" to remain in the race.

I wish the race were over, but I think there is no point in calling for her to drop out from party bigwigs until reassessing after PA. I think if she wins convincingly there, she has a point (however mathematically futile) about remaining at least through the conclusions of the primaries.

If Obama beats her in PA, or she wins narrowly and fails to pick up any ground on him in the overall delegate total, I think calls for unifying behind one candidate are in order. I just wish people would be a little more Dean-esque (neutral) when making those comments.

I certainly am under no obligation to be even-handed, and won't be. My respect for Clinton after the last two months has evaporated, and I have a vested interest in Obama winning. I DON'T think the campaigns have behaved comparably at all and I think any attempts to equate Clinton(Penn)'s "kitchen sink" strategy with Obama's comparatively high(er)-road response is inaccurate and irresponsible.

EXTRA CREDIT: The title and first label are a movie quote...

2 comments:

Smitty said...

And now I see another CLinton advisor steps down. ANd this guy, who was allowed by the Clintons to keep his other job and all of his clientele, had meetings with the Columbian Government on a trade deal the Clintons don't like. And Columbia fired him.

I'll say this about Dubbya (and this is also "as nice as I'm gonna get"): when he hired Rove, he made Rove relinquish not only his clients but also close up shop.

Mr Furious said...

Yeah, Mark Penn. Grade AA douchebag.

The fact that he's a free-trade lobbyist, as well as a reknowned anti-union guy should have precluded from ever getting hired. That plus his thirteen straight losing elections record...

She should have never hired him, but he was a Clinton crony, and like Bush, it seems loyalty trumps propriety and competence.

Then she should clearly have cut him loose after Feb 5 when it was clear he botched the strategy...

But, no. Hillary waits until a conflict of interest so blatant arises that she cannot avoid it. And even then the Columbians fired him first...

Plus, he's been relieved as his duties as Chief Strategist, but remains Chief Pollster...so he remains with the campaign.