Carol Platt Liebau: The Obama Catch-22

Monday, October 29, 2007

The Obama Catch-22

Writing in The Nation, John Nichols lambastes Barack Obama, arguing in effect that he's a wimp for sending up a trial balloon about whether to go after Hillary Clinton more aggressively.

Well, maybe. But for someone who is counting on favorable coverage by the MSM as much as Obama needs to -- at least if he's going to catch Hillary -- it may not be the dumbest thing in the world to make sure that he's not going to self-immolate in the press by going after her.

What's more, Barack has some unique problems in going negative. It opens him to charges that he's not in keeping with the "new tone" that he promised. And given Hillary's long memory and distaste for criticism, couldn't it end up keeping him off the ticket as her veep?

Given all this, who can blame the Obama campaign for getting a little free advice from the MSM'ers?


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