Clinton Defeating Clinton

This past week’s Xerox comment, notwithstanding, it seems that Hillary Clinton is not getting the reactions she had hoped for when crying foul. Just days after accusing Obama of plagiarism for using a line offered by his campaign co-chair – Clinton cried foul in Ohio when the Obama campaign used Newsday’s words describing Clinton’s original support of NAFTA, asserting that she felt it was a ‘boon’ to the economy. Ohio, a State particularly hurt by NAFTA, is the scene of this skirmish.

Clinton has been vociferous in pointing out that it was Newsday that used the term ‘boon’ and that she never said it. Newsday has also added that they felt the Obama information suggests that it was Clinton’s choice of words, not Newsday’s. Baseline volleys aside, while claiming foul as to Obama’s tactics – Clinton responded with suggestions that Obama and George W. Bush are very much alike and delivered an ear splitting, grimace producing “Shame-on-you-Barack-Obama!”

Whether, this evoked ‘AttaGirls’ from Clinton campaign elite or not – The Almost Daily Binx feels very strongly that campaign combat is very revealing about the candidates. We also think that by using the obviously canned ‘Xerox’ comment the other night, coupled with this overreaction – many Ohioans sitting the fence are going to be offended by the panicky nature of Clinton’s rebuke and attack. Particularly in the wake of Fox News-Talker – Bill O’Reilly -and his casual and highly insensitive reference to ‘lynch party’ referencing Michelle Obama. O’Reilly may very well be an argument against human cloning, however, his astonishingly glib, dismissively insincere and highly aired apology may have also created a sympathetic electorate. The conditions of which are effortlessly made worse by Clinton’s intoning the dissonance of anger while delivering speeches.

Hillary Clinton closed the debate this past week on a high note -that appeared very sincere – Barack and Hillaryand followed it 2 days later with harsh and not carefully considered words. Perhaps, as many newsies reported, her debate closing comments seemed very much like the missing concession speech after the Wisconsin primary. Perhaps the pressure of coming in second in a 11 straight contests has caused some serious worry in the campaign. Needless to say, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has engineered a series of tactical missteps. If this latest barrage was designed to compensate for appearing too sensitive or conciliatory after the Texas debate – it was a terrible decision. Considering that Clinton has been very aggressive in negative TV ads and suggesting that Obama lacks experience just like GWB did – the “shame-on-you… ” plea could prove to be viewed as insulting to many Democrats.

The Almost Daily Binx predicts that Clinton may have very well defeated herself by pushing many off the fence into the welcoming arms of the Obama campaign because of her personal style and persona. And, Obama will emerge victorious in Ohio and Texas, not only because of the Obama enormous ground game of young volunteers, but because Hillary Clinton is using the tools of the past in a contest of the future. Her refusal to admit mistakes or bad decisions demonstrates a dramatic lack of humility. Her very aggressive tone does not serve her well. She has much more in common with the hubris afflicted POTUS than any innuendo she attempted to deliver regarding Obama.

 

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2 Responses

  1. excellent post…couldn’t agree more!

    thank you

  2. This is so right on. I’ve voted republican in one too many elections. I’m going to give the dems a chance to redeem us, but Hillary isn’t impressing me.

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