Flashback Iowa 2007: Obama as Then-Contender
Barack shook his leonine mane and flashed a knowing smile this afternoon in Iowa to an audience that I thought non-existent or dead! He turned the laugh on himself, about inexperience and the heavy use of former Clinton advisors, to his advantage by responding to Hill’s laugh with: “Hillary I am looking forward to you advising me as well!” Hundreds of comments on Huffington Post alone made to that one headline. Wow. It was a cute, really cute rejoinder.
The audience would have to be virtual to not respond to that sound bite. Thus, there was an immediate roar of laughter both from the audience and the stage. That man’s got bounce and not just in the latest local polls.
Originally published at blogcritics.org by Heloise
If you watched the bars they often went off the charts from his opening responses.
I think he won. But it is yet a three-way race. Edwards is a strong contender (I guess I used that word earlier than I thought) and many would love to see an Edwards/Obama ticket rather than the inevitable Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton ticket What many are witnessing is that je ne sais quoi that creates electability and likeability. But if dailykos carries any weight—Barack won the debate with 37% of the vote.
Not only did Obama alight on the stump with instant likeability but now his electability quotient has also increased.
The two seem to go hand in hand. Thus Hillary, Hill or HRC’s liability in the likeability factor has become a real question of her strength as a national candidate. There is no dearth of blogs, articles and tags that bear her name and that of Bill Clinton. There is no dearth of blogs that bear the tag of Oprah who “soulfully” backs her Senator from Illinois. He is not only likeable but loveable. Oprah does not have to doubt her decision or hedge her bets on this choice. Many Americans are responding in like and kind to the excitement she has shared with potential caucus goers and beyond. That’s one side of the coin. Then there is the other side of the coin with Hillary’s profile and the words “inevitable un-likeability” engraved. What’s wrong with that?
Here’s the obvious answer: don’t sling mud on someone who is transfixing and expect his or her admirers to then admire you for pointing out the flaws or picking up the mud. Barack wrote candidly, and well, about his drug use in Dreams From My Father, and how his future was shaky in light of bad choices. He was a black man facing a bleak future if he did not change his evil ways. Now, he has a chance to be a beacon of hope for other young men, black and brown. And pundits are pointing out that despite the dirty laundry being aired and held up for inspection; it is just not sticking to Obama–for now. We know quite well that he is not the first “smoker” or drinker in the Oval Office and certainly won’t be the last. In fact, his flaws (and his discussion of them) have increased his bounce and vigor among voters and supporters. So, who is it that has to rethink their image in an image and cult-obsessed America? Hillary Clinton might be in that number. But she has some powerful backers too.
Bobby backs Hillary and doesn’t back down
It’s beginning to look a lot like endorsement season to me. And on November 29th Robert Kennedy Jr., endorsed Hillary Clinton to few cheers. And it doesn’t get any better than a strong endorsement from a member of the Kennedy clan. And since a Kennedy has spoken at the Democratic National Conventions since Jack in 1960–Bobby Jr., just might be the next slated speaker. So in this likeable race has he risked name and rep to endorse Hillary? It seems so.
He claims that it is getting to the point where likeability has so dogged Hillary that she has certified haters. Really, Bobby is that drama necessary? I am not so certain that “hate” is the right word. And comparing her “haters” to those of FDR. He has been swimming in the salty sea too long. I don’t hate her. I just don’t like her as much as I like Barack. In my play, I don’t think it is all about “hating” Hillary, but apparently RFK Jr. thought he needed to “revisit” his choice. He had to address his decision in his HuffPo blog after a little “visit” with Hillary, a “tour” of New York State, a sampling of how others in New York “love” her, and getting an earful from the netroots.
Reading his blog about his recent chat with Senator Clinton seemed apologetic almost. And more in the vein of a revisit of that endorsement rather than the more-expected endorsement for Obama or even Edwards. Will he back down from this endorsement? I doubt it. After all, my article and thousands of other blogs and musings will all be moot if (and when) Obama and Clinton are both part of the same Democratic ticket.
Finally, lest we forget that the Kennedy family has ties with the Clintons that go back to the White House rose garden and Bill’s stepping onto the White House lawn and reaching across time to shake the hand of John F. Kennedy. It goes back to when Bill Clinton gave official notice (at goverment cost) to the Coast Guard to plumb the ocean off the coast near Martha’s Vineyard until the jet and bodies of John F. Kennedy, Jr., wife and sister in law were recovered. One does not forget ties like those, nor should one.
But then there is the vista of political reality: Hillary moves out, Bobby moves into the most desired Senate seat in the U.S. of A. And like his uncle before him–a candidate put into place when Jack became JFK so that Teddy Kennedy could eventually run for his vacated seat and keep it virtually for life. When you and your family are sitting around drinking eggnog this season and debating the soon-to-be Clinton dynasty remember this: there is nothing wrong with a little royal blood in the veins, or wearing a tiara to bed in the Lincoln bedroom.
- FLASHBACK 2008: McCain, Clinton Slam Obama For Saying He’d Go Get Bin Laden In Pakistan (VIDEO) (curmilus.wordpress.com)
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