Monday, March 10, 2008

Barack Obama: I'm Running For PRESIDENT.

I had two friends separately-- within the last 12 hours-- call me/IM me to complain about the latest insanity from the Clinton campaign... namely, the talk from Sen. Clinton that she would be happy to have Sen. Obama as her Vice President. The two together would be an "unstoppable force", said Bill Clinton the other day. The general sentiment among my friends was that it takes some serious chutzpah for someone who's behind to offer the Vice Presidency to the frontrunner.

Luckily for us frustrated Obama supporters, said frontrunner is on this like white on rice-

Another reason I like Obama... he responds quickly to attacks and knocks them down with an almost casual air.

After noting how he's won twice as many states as her, and is ahead in both the popular vote and the delegate count, he says "I don't know how somebody who's in second place is offering the Vice Presidency to the person who's in first place." Of course, by talking in the way she has been, Clinton is trying to create a narrative/image of herself as the frontrunner (whom Barack could maybe work for if he asks nicely). Kudos to Obama for treating that condescending rhetoric with all the seriousness it deserved.

He also addresses the other ridiculousness of Clinton's rhetoric. As Time's Karen Tumulty noted, this talk "undercuts their argument that Obama is not prepared to be Commander-in-Chief. If they really believe that to be the case, how could they justify putting him in a position where he is one tragedy away from the job?" Karen, please do not ask for consistency from the Clinton campaign at this point.

It's gotten to the point where one cannot even keep up with the Clinton's schemes... in the past few days alone, we have Sen. Clinton raising the possibility of going after Obama's pledged delegates, a hugely anti-democratic suggestion. Then you have Clinton campaign guru Karl Rove Mark Penn trying to scare voters that Obama is "the most liberal Democratic senator" (EEK!) and "not ready to be Commander-in-Chief". And now it turns out that Bill Clinton went on Rush Limbaugh's radio show the day of the Texas primary, presumably because Rush had been urging Texas Republicans to cross over and vote for Hillary.

Now given all that, why wouldn't Obama want to be her Vice President, right?


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