by louisprandtl, Fri Jun 27, 2008 at 07:27:14 AM EDT
Politico.com is spotlighting Obama today with a series of articles. Ben Smith is covering the quandary that Obama faces on embracing the Clintons too tightly. The relationship between Obama and Clintons especially Bill seems to be more complicated and a delicate dance. Obama ran on a platform of a change basically refuting the Clinton presidency/legacy. Of course, it didn't go down well with the former President. Obama have to craft a delicate message that balances his philosophy and Clinton's supporters which surely would need a delicate touch and hand of a political genius.
On the other side thus far it seems HRC is speaking for the Clinton family and has essentially taken over the reigns of Clinton participation in political discourse in the public arena from Bill. Bill might have to resign to the destiny that the time is ripe for Obama and HRC. I personally think he should concentrate more on the Clinton Foundation work which is doing excellent work all around the World. Although his bondage with the African American community needs repair and I think he is more interested in that. Read more of Ben Smith's article in..
After Sen. Barack Obama emerged as the winner of the Democratic nomination, he announced that he'd be glad to meet Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the time and place of her choosing.
But now that Clinton has conceded defeat and endorsed Obama, he's the one choosing the time and place. And the central choice he faces is whether he can -- and wants to -- win with the Clinton legacy.
Despite widespread speculation about the Clintons' feelings and motives, the reality is that they have few options: They have to do whatever Obama wants. Hillary Clinton's political future, and her husband's legacy, rest on the perception that they are working as hard as they can for the first African-American presidential nominee, whether he wins or loses.
Ken Vogel thinks Obama has gone "conventional". He concludes that Obama who embarked on a message as an unconventional politician who would be the change agent for Washingtonian politics actually missed some opportunities recently to highlight his convictions. I personally think Vogel is being little too harsh and is rushing to quick judgements.
Barack Obama has crafted an image as an unconventional candidate, a change agent and a post-partisan politician who represents a dramatic break from the status quo. But since securing the Democratic presidential nomination, when confronted with a series of thorny issues the Illinois senator has pursued a conspicuously conventional path, one that falls far short of his soaring rhetoric.
Faced with tough choices on fronts ranging from public financing and town hall meetings to warrantless surveillance and the Second Amendment, Obama passed up opportunities to take bold stands and make striking departures from customary politics. Instead, he has followed a familiar tack, straddling controversial issues and choosing politically advantageous routes that will ensure his campaign a cash edge and minimize damaging blowback on several highly sensitive issues.
There are more articles on Obama and Clinton Unity appearances and maxed out Obama donation for Clinton campaign fund on the Politico frontpage..Happy Reading..