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Friday, February 08, 2008
Peggy Noonan says it best
It's not often that I give a shoutout to a Republican pundit writing in the Wall Street Journal, but Peggy Noonan gets it exactly right on Hillary versus Obama.

It's the last paragraph that really makes me worried that we might screw this up:

The Democrats continue not to recognize what they have in this guy. Believe me, Republican professionals know. They can tell.


The full section:

He is the brilliant young black man as American dream. No consultant, no matter how opportunistic and hungry, will think it easy--or professionally desirable--to take him down in a low manner. If anything, they've learned from the Clintons in South Carolina what that gets you. (I add that yes, there are always freelance mental cases, who exist on both sides and are empowered by modern technology. They'll make their YouTubes. But the mad are ever with us, and this year their work will likely stay subterranean.)

With Mr. Obama the campaign will be about issues. "He'll raise your taxes." He will, and I suspect Americans may vote for him anyway. But the race won't go low.

Mrs. Clinton would be easier for Republicans. With her cavalcade of scandals, they'd be delighted to go at her. They'd get medals for it. Consultants would get rich on it.

The Democrats have it exactly wrong. Hillary is the easier candidate, Mr. Obama the tougher. Hillary brings negative; it's fair to hit her back with negative. Mr. Obama brings hope, and speaks of a better way. He's not Bambi, he's bulletproof.

The biggest problem for the Republicans will be that no matter what they say that is not issue oriented--"He's too young, he's never run anything, he's not fully baked"--the mainstream media will tag them as dealing in racial overtones, or undertones. You can bet on this. Go to the bank on it.

The Democrats continue not to recognize what they have in this guy. Believe me, Republican professionals know. They can tell.
posted by CB @ 1:16 PM  
1 Comments:
  • At 10:36 PM, Anonymous Bryce said…

    The Democrats would be flat out stupid to anoint Hillary as the party savior. Simply look at the primary results. Where was Obama most popular? In the "red" states and swing states. Where was Hillary most popular? In the already safe Democratic states. I believe Hillary would lose - and lose badly - to John McCain, despite the downward drag of GWB.

     
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