Two sides to every story
Posted by clubsodaandsalt on January 8, 2008
From the good cheer among Obama campaigners (h/t Steve):
“I’m undecided between Obama and Hillary,” one young woman said. “Aren’t you tired of the old?” [Larry David, who is campaigning for Obama] replied. “Don’t you want to put on some clean clothes? Voting for Hillary would be like doing Frasier again on TV. Don’t you want something fresh, new and creative?”
“I mean, haven’t we had enough with Bushes and Clintons and Bushes?” he continued. “The country needs a shower, a good, long, hot shower. That’s what Obama is, a hot shower. So fresh you can smell him. Delicious.”
This is why I love Larry David. On the other hand, things are decidedly crankier in the Clinton camp:
“It is wrong that Senator Obama got to go through 15 debates trumpeting his superior judgment and how he had been against the war in every year, enumerating the years, and never got asked one time–not once, ‘Well, how could you say that when you said in 2004 you didn’t know how you would have voted on the resolution? You said in 2004 there was no difference between you and George Bush on the war. And you took that speech you’re now running on off your Web site in 2004. And there’s no difference in your voting record and Hillary’s ever since.'” Mr. Clinton said at a town-hall style meeting Monday afternoon at Dartmouth College. “Give me a break. This whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.”
I love Bill, but I have to say that this reeks of desperation. It’s really quite surprising that these guys seem to be completely unprepared for the post-Iowa fallout. I mean, they had to have known that (1) there was a very good chance that Obama would win in Iowa and (2) that the press, generally hostile to Hillary, would jump at the opportunity to paint her campaign as reeling. Why didn’t they have a better plan for dealing with this? One of my attractions to Hillary as a candidate was that she’d taken her lumps, and that she’d surely be a formidable campaigner as a result. Now… not so sure.