Carol Platt Liebau: The Clinton/Obama Matchup

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Clinton/Obama Matchup

The New York Times outlines Hillary Clinton's problems. Here's, perhaps, one of the biggest:

Polls suggest that Democrats now view Mr. Obama as more electable than Mrs. Clinton.

That fact is what allowed Democrats to vote with their hearts and desert the Clinton machine in droves. The problem, of course, is that many of the Democrats making this calculation resemble many of the Republicans who thought McCain was the most electable. This impression has been formed in large part because -- as with McCain until today -- the positive press coverage has lulled some voters into thinking that there's nothing negative to report, because nothing negative has been reported.

Of course, the press will never turn on Barack ferocity comparable to what just the NY Times has unleashed on McCain. But the time will come when the press needs a new angle on Barack to write about, having covered every single one of the "Obama messiah" stories it can handle. And then the Democrats had better hope that there's nothing negative worth knowing about a candidate who, on the national stage, is still basically an unknown quantity.


Blogger Ruth Anne Adams said...

I'm mystified why Obama's adjacent empty lot, essentially given to him and his wife by a big donor on the day they closed their house, hasn't been dug into more. Pun intended.

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ruth Anne, no one gave Barack Obama an empty lot. He did pay over $100k to purchase a strip of it, however. You may want to read BREAKING: Huge New Disclosure in Obama/Rezko Land Swap. That story has some quotes from an interview with original the sellers of the property and blows the lid off the Rezco story.

5:52 PM  

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