Axelrod and Obama: Edwards is too angry (December, 2007)

Politicians should be be consistent in their views, lest their original, contradictory positions come back to haunt them.

Back in December, 2007, Washington Post's E. J. Dionne quoted Obama's campaign chief David Axelrod criticising John Edwards' approach, which by this time had been unanimously labeled by the media as "angry". Axelrod said Edwards' approach was "Storm the Bastille" approach, alluding the the angry mobs who got sick of the abuses by their King before the French Revolution:

The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne reported:

"The Edwards campaign is 'Storm the Bastille,' " said Axelrod in a colorful description of the former senator's fierce attacks on drug companies, oil companies and all others who would stand in the way of reform. This is appealing to the many Democrats who are in a fighting mood.

Clearly but obliquely referring to Edwards, Obama preached that anger won't cut it, either. "There's no shortage of anger and bluster and bitter partisanship out there," he said. "We can change the electoral math that's been all about division and make it about addition."

Obama didn't lag behind and took a shot as Edwards too:

Clearly but obliquely referring to Edwards, Obama preached that anger won't cut it, either. "There's no shortage of anger and bluster and bitter partisanship out there," he said. "We can change the electoral math that's been all about division and make it about addition.

What bothers me is that these politicians say things according to the time of year, and shameless switch gears to suit their needs.
4 months after ripping Edwards, Obama sounds even "angrier" than the former.
There is little honesty left in our political discourse.

There's more...

Why BO uses bad means toward good ends

I'm beginning to see Obama as sort of deluded. Perhaps his intentions are good; he was raised among nice people (white guilt liberals, at least his grandfather).

But somehow Obama got the idea that the only way to be realistic and win is to do dirty Chicago style backroom stuff -- like getting ALL your opponents thrown off the ballot (see Alice Palmer story at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/polit ics/chi-0704030881apr04,0,6468332.story

Now Obama is gaming the system in other ways, rather than letting the voters decide by making an honest up-front case to the voters on the issues. That is, Obama will do anything to win. It's like he thinks his personality will be so great for the world that the end justifies any and all means. See quotes below....

There's more...

Why BO uses bad means toward good ends

I'm beginning to see Obama as sort of deluded. Perhaps his intentions are good; he was raised among nice people (white guilt liberals, at least his grandfather).

But somehow Obama got the idea that the only way to be realistic and win is to do dirty Chicago style backroom stuff -- like getting ALL your opponents thrown off the ballot (see Alice Palmer story at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/polit ics/chi-0704030881apr04,0,6468332.story

Now Obama is gaming the system in other ways, rather than letting the voters decide by making an honest up-front case to the voters on the issues. That is, Obama will do anything to win. It's like he thinks his personality will be so great for the world that the end justifies any and all means. See quotes below....

There's more...

Observations From Up North.

This is my first diary - so please be kind.  

As a friendly neighbor from Canada and political junkie I have watched the upcoming US election with great interest.  While I favour HRC as the Democratic nominee it has been more of a far-flung affection (since I am unable to vote).  However - since November and the prominence of BO as both a viable candidate and in fact the Democratic frontrunner - things have not sat right with me. Up until recently I could not quite put my finger on it, but I will attempt to try.

My biggest problem is with a HYPOCRISY with BO, his campaign and supporters is that is rooted in PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY.  

I will outline this in 6 issues that have shaped the DEMOCRATIC race in recent months.

There's more...

Breaking: Bill Clinton linked to Rev. Wright

Whoops.  Perhaps one who lives in a glass house should not throw stones.  It appears that the Clinton's respected Rev. Wright enough to invite him to the White House for a prayer breakfast back in 1998.

It's on several news outlets, Drudge Report included, along with picture.

What kind of damage will this inflict on an already floundering campaign.  Without the prospects of a new vote in MI and FL, and with her options dwindling, and with her temporary blip in the polls starting to erode, can the Clinton campaign take a hit this big.  Will she be able to give a speech to uplift and challenge America like the one Obama gave?

Time will tell.

There's more...

Diaries

Advertise Blogads