Ickes: McCain will "trounce" Obama
by JJE, Sat May 10, 2008 at 11:31:43 AM EDT
While Clinton herself has previously stated that either Democratic candidate would win in November, but she was a safer bet, apparently a strategic decision has been made to abandon whatever class and grace was left in the campaign and begin to explicitly undermine Obama against McCain. Harold Ickes told Newsweek that McCain would "trounce" Obama. Key quote and a few thoughts in the extended entry.
[I]n an interview with NEWSWEEK, Ickes strongly suggested that Obama can't win come November. "We have to remember McCain is not a standard, off-the-shelf Republican," Ickes said, echoing the argument he says he's making to superdelegates, and pointing up Clinton's inarguable strength with Roman Catholics, Hispanics and elderly voters in key November battleground states such as Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania. "He will have a lot of appeal for Hispanics. He'll trounce [Obama]."
For a long-time high-profile Democrat to predict Republican victory in such explicit terms is unprecedented. Any hope - briefly sparked by the gracious tone of Clinton's speech on Tuesday - that the final days of Clinton's campaign would be high-minded and unifying was apparently ill-founded. Note also Ickes's attempt to further divide the electorate along racial lines, with religion and age thrown in just in case there was any doubt. Mark Pennism at its most blatant.
Now that camp Clinton has doubled down on its strategy to re-create the red-blue divide within the Democratic party, the pertinent question now becomes whether Clinton's death spiral will succeed in dragging Obama down with her.