Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Hillary. Clinton. PA and Beyond

"In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman." Margaret Thatcher

It's come down to good old PA, just as I predicted it would. Please, people, pay attention: the focus has GOT to be on who can win in November. And who can get the job done after that.

Barack Obama might sound like Dr. King but he's not Dr. King. At least not yet. When is somebody going to point out that stirring oratory doesn't equal gravitas?

Certainly not the news media, who have let the public, the country and their profession down in a way that makes me want to smack them all upside their smarmy, self-important, empty heads.

My own head is going to explode if this nonsense doesn't end soon. Read. My. Lips. ... Obama. Can't. Win.

Barack Obama's smart as a whip but not seasoned or savvy. He takes things personally. He's prickly, thin-skinned, defensive. These are not qualities we want in a president. Just look at how well they've played for the current one.

As the going's gotten tougher toward the PA primary, Obama's been over-reacting, over-slamming, over-stepping, over-spending. He claims to be above Politics As Usual but his campaign is using all the old tricks, and then some.

They have to. The only way to rise above Politics As Usual is to embrace them, do what's needed to win, then change the game once you're in charge. If only Barack Obama would admit that's exactly what he's trying to do.

Instead he talks the High Road while playing the Campaign Game. Negative opposition ads. Sniping comments. Misleading personal ads. Targeted pockets of voters. Leaked polls. Phone banks and corporate dollars in the bank.

Nobody can get elected in this country without corporate money. Not even Barack Obama and his legions of loyal college kids can change the world without accepting the reality of who runs it.

Money talks. We need a president who knows how to talk back. Manage. Maneuver. Manipulate. Win.

That person is not Barack Obama. Big rallies, big promises, big dreams ... too much sizzle, not enough steak. I know he's charismatic and exciting. But. He. Won't. Win.

Nobody who runs for elected office is perfect. Nobody. The very act of putting yourself, your family and your privacy on the line takes a cast iron ego. Nobody builds that kind of ego without getting his or her hands dirty along the way.

It's all a matter of degree. And in the voting booth, it's a matter of practicality.

A vote for Barack Obama in the Pennsylvania Primary today will help elect John McCain President of the United States next November. And insure 100 more years of war.

Hillary. Clinton.

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