The Oscar for Best Performance by a Candidate Goes to...
February 25, 2008
Hillary Clinton showed a range of emotions from anger to mockery towards the upstart, pretentious Barack Obama. Reacting first to an Obama campaign mailing on health care:
"I have to express my deep disappointment that he is continuing to send false and discredited mailings," Clinton said, holding the fliers in her hand. "He says one thing in his speeches, and then he turns around and does this. It is not the new politics the speeches are about. It is not hopeful. It is destructive."
She added, "Shame on you, Barack Obama. It is time you ran a campaign consistent with your messages in public."And then showing her range, Clinton pivots Sunday to ridicule Obama on his hopes of taming special interests:
"Now I could stand up here and say, let's get everybody together, let's get unified the sky will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing," she said, to a smattering of giggles. "And everyone will know we should do the right thing, and the world will be perfect."
She added: "But I have no illusions about how hard this is going to be. You are not going to wave a magic wand and make the special interests disappear."Barack Obama demonstrates an ability to keep his cool in the face of simultaneous attacks not only from his Democratic rival . . .
"She's essentially presented herself as co-president during the Clinton years. Every good thing that happened she says she was a part of," he said. "So the notion that she can selectively pick what you take credit for and then run away from what isn't politically convenient, that doesn't make sense. If she's suggesting she had nothing to do with economic policy in the Clinton White House, then it would not be fair [to attack her on NAFTA], but as you know, that's not the claim that she's making.". . . but also from announced 3rd party candidate Ralph Nader: