Friday, November 23, 2007

Mud-slinging, Right Out of "the Republican Playbook"

U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) sit onstage during the CNN/Nevada Democratic Party debate at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) in Las Vegas, Nevada November 15, 2007. (UNITED STATES)
REUTERS/Steve Marcus

And Maureen Dowd "moderates".

New York Senator Hillary Clinton pulling one out of the Republican Playbook, throws mud at her political presidential rival, Illinois Senator Barack Obama:

Making an economic speech in Knoxville, Iowa, earlier that day, the New York senator had touted her own know-how, saying that “there is one job we can’t afford on-the-job training for — that’s the job of our next president.” Her aides confirmed that she was referring to Obama.

Obama avoids the mud, then slings it right on back:

Pressed to respond, Obama offered a zinger feathered with amused disdain: “My understanding was that she wasn’t Treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, so I don’t know exactly what experiences she’s claiming.”

Everybody laughed, including Obama.

Dowd goes on to mock Hillary's "experience".

Back in January, regarding the criticism on Barack's lack of experience, I wrote:

In many ways, he actually has more experience than Hillary Clinton, when you look at his record of campaigning. Hillary may have 6 years to his 2 years serving in the Senate; but his total years of public office is 10 to her 6, as before becoming a Senator, her only experience was being the wife of Bill Clinton. Obama ran twice for state senate, and won both times; he ran for U.S. congress, and lost.
Personally, I think those with experience at governing states have more useful experience than lawmakers. As Ken Taylor writes,
The nation historically views the executive experience of a Governor as a strong qualification to step into the Presidency since each has governed at the helm of a state government.
Furthermore, as far as the electability of sitting Senators goes:

historically this nation does not elect sitting Senators. Why ? The best explanation that I have heard and agree with is that bickering from the Senate floor and maneuvering to pass a bill does not make a leader nor qualify one for the highest office in the land and the most powerful position in the world. Senators are usually professional politicians who have either had no executive experience at all or very little and many have made the office of Senator their career.

Obama "qualifying" his foreign policy experience:

Speaking around Iowa this week, Obama made the point that his exotic upbringing, family in Kenya and years as an outsider allow him to see the world with more understanding, and helped form his judgment about resisting the Iraq war.

“I spent four years living overseas when I was a child living in Southeast Asia,” he said. “If you don’t understand these cultures then it’s very hard for you to make good foreign policy decisions. Foreign policy is all about judgment.”

Lmao! Go get 'im Hillary:

“With all due respect,” she told a crowd in Iowa. “I don’t think living in a foreign country between the ages of 6 and 10 is foreign policy experience.”

And NYTimes columnist Dowd offers the final barb, straight out of the "Republican Playbook":

But is living in the White House between the ages of 45 and 53 foreign policy experience?

Ouch. "Progressive" liberals can be so gosh-darn mean, sometimes.

Read the whole thing. One of the rare times I'd plug a Maureen Dowd column.

Hat tip: The Dennis Prager Show

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Blogger Mo MoDo said...

It was pretty even handed for a Dowd column, but it's clear her sympathies lie with Obama.

Saturday, November 24, 2007 2:48:00 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

LOL! They really are good at snappy comebacks, both of them. I hope someone will put together a book of all the mudslinging on both sides of this campaign. It would be hysterical... or sad. Probably hysterically sad.

Saturday, November 24, 2007 7:31:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I can rarely get through a whole column of hers, but this one by Dowd was good. She hates Hillary and it shows through.

Saturday, November 24, 2007 3:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These barbs were hysterical! Who knows, maybe they will each sling enough mud that they will never be able to "clean up" against the republicans. I have no idea if that made any sense at all, but it sounded good! LOL

Great post!

Saturday, November 24, 2007 6:35:00 PM  
Blogger Indigo Red said...

Hey look, everybody! I'm a housebuilder because my father was a carpenter.

Wait - now I'm a coal miner because my grandfather was a coal miner.

Hold on - I'm an automobile designer because my mother was a secratary for Henry Ford.

I'm also an expert on foreign policy because I lived in Italy when I was 23 yrs old, traveled in 15 countries including the former Soviet Union. I've been to Tijuana - twice, for goodness sake.

By Hillary's standards, how could I NOT be the best candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America?

Sunday, November 25, 2007 1:11:00 PM  
Blogger Indigo Red said...

Oh wait, I forgot - I'm also a Constitutional Law authority because Justice Hugo Black is my cousin.

Sunday, November 25, 2007 1:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Ken Hoop said...

The only outsiders in the race who also represent change and are beholden to no special interests are Paul, Kucinich and Gravel.

Sunday, November 25, 2007 4:48:00 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

I absolutely LOVE the body language between the two in that photo! CLASSIC portrayal of "watch me rather than listen to me."

WONDERFUL proxemics!


Monday, November 26, 2007 9:35:00 AM  

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