Why Obama Need Not Debate.
by dystopianfuturetoday, Sat Apr 26, 2008 at 05:30:04 PM EDT
Disclaimer: This is an honest opinion from an Obama supporter.
The hard cold truth? It's politics, silly.
Simply put, she needs it and he doesn't. Obama already has an insurmountable lead over Hillary, so basically all he needs to do at this point is wait out the clock. Engaging in this debate would only serve to give legitimacy to Hillary's floundering campaign. It's much smarter for Obama to just let it atrophy on its own.
Beyond this, the debate could possibly damage him in the GE if Hillary turns it into a another superficial gutter fight, which - after the last sham of a debate - is more likely than not. I certainly don't want to watch another hour of Hillary's Ayers/Wright red/race baiting. It would make about as much sense for Obama to debate Hillary as would for McCain to debate Ron Paul.
Don't get me wrong. I'd love to see an honest debate between McCain and Ron Paul, just as I'd love to see an honest debate between Obama and Hillary, just as I'd lurve to see an honest debate between Hillary and Ron Paul, just as I'd love to see an intelligent debate between Ron Paul and Barack Obama.
In truth, I believe Hillary would be devastated without two sympathetic moderator surrogates at her side. Who knows!?! maybe he will. After all, he has decided to slum it on FAUX, which seems to be a counterproductive move on many levels.
This debate is just a desperate 11th hour stab in the dark from a campaign on its death bed, and frankly, I think it's a smart move. She has nothing to lose, so why not. However, Obama has nothing strategically to gain from this debate, so I'm going to guess he won't.
PS: for anyone who objects to my "red/race baiting" comment, feel free to tell me how exactly Ayers/Wright are not examples of red/race baiting. Hint: claiming the Republicans are going to eventually do it is not an answer.