Friday, March 07, 2008

Quote Of The Day II

"Senator Obama is right to say the issue is judgment not years in Washington. If Mrs. Clinton loses the nomination, her failure will be traced to the date she voted to empower George W. Bush to invade Iraq. That is not the kind of judgment, or wisdom, required by the leader answering the phone in the night. For her now to claim that Senator Obama is not qualified to answer the crisis phone is the height of irony if not chutzpah, and calls into question whether her primary loyalty is to the Democratic party and the nation or to her own ambition."
-Gary Hart

via The Huffington Post

Primary elections are here for the differenct political party's to elect the candidate best qualified to run for President. The primary is not, as Clinton is doing, a time to destroy your own party's chances at winning the Presidency. The question of whether Clinton is loyal to the Democratic Party has been answered. Clearly, her loyalty is to herself, not party. There is no other explanation for her constant touting of McCain over Obama. It is one thing to say one she feels she is better qualified to answer the magical phone at 3:00 am, it is quite another to say the rival party's candidate is better qualified. Her subtle allusions to race (and not so subtle), Obama's religion ("as far as I know"), her verbal jujitsu with regard to the photo of Obama in traditional Somali dress. Cleary, Clinton is in this for herself and not for the party. These are the kind of tactics Rove used with zeal against John McCain. Do we really want to embrace what we have been living with for the past eight years? Can we really let ourselves pass up an opportunity to break free from the Rovian politics of the past? These are the questions we need to ask ourselves.

With all that in mind, I did not write this because I am afraid Clinton will get the nom (the numbers are still in favor of Obama, even if Michigan and Florida are counted.) But at what cost is Clinton's tactics to the Democratic nominee? I suppose if Clinton can't be the Democratic President, no one can.

We have heard of the politics of personal destruction. Clinton is practicing the politics of Party destruction.



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