That Nancy Pelosi is batting for Obama comes as no surprise to me. She has a history of disliking powerful women- Jane Harman is a case in point. I think she wants to go down in history as the mos powerful woman in US ever.
Her bigger mistake was her comments about Iraq which was definitely not unguarded and revealed the difference between
rhetoric and Senator Obama's real plans tend to have.
As for the ``monster'' thing, in my book, that is not sufficient grounds for dismissal/resignation. And I suspect that the inner circle of Obama considers her as one. Afterall, they just cannot
``slay'' the ``monster''. As Chris Dodd put it brilliantly when he
was endorsing Obama-``I know the temptations of campaigns.''
Yes, Samantha is a bright intellectual and hopefully she will return to the substantive policy making position. She is clearly not cut out for Presidential politics.
It ain't 2004, last time I checked. Anyways, 2004 taught us that national security is high on people's mind. In my opinion Obama's eventual answer to the 3 AM ad was brilliant. It was his initial reply which was problematic" you should never tell voters they are scared easily.
1) First Obama himself said in a debate that ``keeping America safe'' is no 1. job of the President. Is that not national security? And is that not right wing?
2) Obama throughout the campaign has said that he appeals to Republicans. This claim sounds hollow if just one ad will push Republicans over to Hillary. Wonder, how will be able to hold onto Republicans in November when there will be a slew of national security ads from McCain.
Finally, I think that NAFTA-gate is what compromised him yesterday. It basically hurt his ``new politics'' slogan at its very core.