Power Speaking Truth

Samantha Power has resigned and apologized for remarks about Senator Hillary Clinton, which the LA Times quotes as follows:

“We f—— up in Ohio,” Power said in the interview posted on the newspaper’s website. “In Ohio, they are obsessed and Hillary is going to town on it, because she knows Ohio’s the only place they can win.”She is a monster, too — that is off the record — she is stooping to anything,” Power said, trying to withdraw her remark.

“You just look at her and think, ‘Ergh.’ But if you are poor and she is telling you some story about how Obama is going to take your job away, maybe it will be more effective. The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive.”

The “monster” bit goes too far, it is true. But the rest of it? Well, obviously Clinton won more than just Ohio, but that last paragraph and “stooping to anything” sound about right to me.

So is this the part of the media narrative on Obama where the Golden Boy begins to stumble into a relentlessly negative news cycle from which only he can save himself through a possible Comeback in Pennsylvania? Is this where the decision to “go negative” undermines his Lofty Campaign of Hope and Change?

The Clinton team is setting the same trap for Obama my 4-year-old sets for her older brother. She hits him, knowing that he’ll get in trouble for hitting back. Right on cue, Clinton’s senior aide Ann Lewis set it up. “I didn’t realize their version of new politics was to recycle old Republican tactics,” she said. If voters put both campaigns in the corner for a timeout, it may hurt Obama more, because his claim to be a new kind of above-the-fray candidate means he’s held to a higher standard. If Obama pays no penalty for the fracas, the Clinton folks still take him for a roll in the dirt where he can’t offer his appealing message of hope, change, inspiration, and hope. Clinton, by contrast, reinforces her fighter image.

“Old Republican tactics” – like, say, implying that your opponent is a threat to national security and the safety of your children? How about threatening to sue if election results and process rules don’t give you the outcome you desire?


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