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Monday, February 12, 2007

Hillary and Barack, Sittin' In a Tree, S-L-I-N-G-I-N-G (Mud)

Remember the tune from our childhood? It continues, "First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Junior in a baby carriage."

We all know there's a lot in those lyrics neither Hillary nor Obama would be cheerfully singing about. Not today.

What part of this Boston Globe article doesn't come off as obvious?

Will Hillary diss poor old inexperienced Barack Obama, the one whose candidacy, in many ways, represents her own, whose support she will need heartily no matter who wins this silly race?

Throwing mud at him won't be easy. Throwing mud in an election that, in any other era would have been already a done deal won't be nice. If anyone throws mud, they reduce their chances in the national election. Say something nasty in the primary, and you can be darn-tootin' sure the Republicans will pick up that mudball and throw it themselves.

Mud can now be slung, but slinging it might be the thing that wins the Republicans the election.

Go figure: antagonism against George W Bush and the Republican Party is at an all-time high, and in-fighting among the Democrats might cause the biggest upset of upset that ever hit the media arena.

Iraq is the dance of the day. Hillary Clinton voted for it, Barack Obama did not. Now, as I understand it, her position is the Cindy Sheehan mantra about getting troops home ASAP. That's achingly similar to what I understand Obama's position.

Clinton gets heat on Iraq from voters, Obama
Boston Globe - 3 hours ago
By Susan Milligan, Globe Staff February 12, 2007. KEENE, NH -- Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton faced critical questions yesterday about her position on the war in Iraq from New Hampshire voters and a Democratic rival for the presidential nomination.

Questions of Experience Wall Street Journal

Obama blasts war in Iraq in Ames speech Mason City Globe Gazette

Los Angeles Times - Chicago Tribune - Guardian Unlimited - Gulf News

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