Thursday, February 21, 2008

Clinton Campaign Doesn't Know How to Effectively Attack Obama

The New York Times has an interesting piece up on its website dated February 21, 2008 about the difficulty that the Clinton campaign has in effectively attacking Obama. The article points out that every major line of attack, especially the attack that is he is too inexperienced to be president, has fallen flat. Some of her advisors want Clinton to be more aggressive, but the problem is that such tactics increase her negatives as well as his negatives.

At the end of the article, the writer points out that McCain's advisors are having somewhat the same problem with Obama. Here is an interesting quote that ends the article:

“I think it’s the difference between their party and our party,” said Robert M. Duncan, the chairman of the Republican National Committee. “They have a more liberal constituency. And the country is center-right.”

“It comes down to the issues,” Mr. Duncan said. “I honestly believe this: I can’t remember a better contrast for us between our candidate and the Democratic candidates during my lifetime.”

This guy Duncan is right in that there is a very clear distinction between Clinton and Obama in a lot of ways. Race, age, position on the war, position on trade, just to name a few. Unfortunately for him, we think the distinctions favor Obama, but, hey, if Obama gets the nomination, we will see in November.

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