A Fighter Fights – Hillary / Obama, That’s the Ticket

Hillary Clinton victoriousThe turning point for Hillary was Saturday Night Live a couple of weeks ago. The skit lampooning the media’s gentle handling of Obama, and the all-too-real spoof of Hillary’s latent bitchiness as qualifications to be commander in chief really turned this Dem election into a good old fashioned street brawl. It was time to get tough because Hillary was about to face the sorry end of her own mantra: Go big or go home. She would be sent packing back to New York, defeated by a sloganeering poseur, unless she came up big in Texas and Ohio. Now we have a whole new game. Now the fight really gets interesting. 

A fighter fights. That is simplistic but true. The greater the battle the more is demanded of you. Bottomline – Hillary has more cajones than Obama and she has a deeper belief system that has been tested through many trials. Character is an issue here – the ability to absorb criticism and maintain your equilibrium, especially when Rove & Co. are lobbing grenades and John McCrain, the wily political in-fighter is in your face.

So it’s on to Pennsylvania, the next battle ground, with Hillary sounding re-energized, and Obama on the defensive and beginning to show “sharper contrasts” between himself and Hillary. Her campaign strategy now is to draw it out and to let the public witness how the more closely scrutinized Obama behaves.

The idea of a joint ticket is being floated.  Obama would make an excellent vice president. He could test out his coalition building skills and gain the experience he needs to become president one day. He would be learning from a pro.

At the juncture it’s all about PR – the messaging, posturing, attacking, parrying, strategizing, the images, ads, the insinuations. This is major hardball politics. I love it. Rough campaigning ahead. 


  1. Ike says:

    The real PR victory here belongs to the Clinton camp. By the time all was sorted out from Tuesday, she outpointed Obama on delegates 187-183. A four-delegate chunk out of his lead.

    Yes, this marked the end of his winning streak, but she is getting an awful lot of mileage out of it, and much more momentum in the media than it deserves on merit.

    She is now benefiting from the media beast, and its need to keep some semblance of a horse-race storyline afloat. Now that McCain is a mathematical certainty, the Democrats are going to be in that focus even more.

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