Saturday, February 23, 2008

Hillary Rips Obama On Negative Healthcare-Mailer

Other than the subject of experience, the big issue that separates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary is healthcare.

Here's Hillary Clinton's clarification about the substantive difference between her plan and Obama's plan. [from the Texas debate last Thursday night].

It seems to me, in this primary campaign, that Hillary Clinton's attempts to pin Obama down on real policy differences have been drowned out by debate moderators who have too much on their agenda to fit in enough substantive debate on any one topic. It appears that she's been trying to have as much issue-related discussion and as many debates as possible in the hopes of having those substantive differences come through, but I just don't think MSM will ever allow that to occur. Instead, they take the soundbites from debates with such decidedly thin discussion..the soundbites that might generate the most controversy..and run with them. The public, who deserve to know as much about the differences in each candidate's plans as reasonably possible, lose out in the process. On February 14th, MSNBC's Dan Abrams was trying very hard to classify Hillary's Clinton's publicly-stated desire for more debates [in this case, asking for a Wisconsin debate that never materialized because Obama refused] as a "cheap shot", although neither guest-pundit would agree with him.

Today, CNN shows Hillary Clinton getting tough by shaking an Obama attack-mailer in front of the camera and asking "Since when do Democrats attack each other on universal healthcare?" She demonstrates, with marked anger, how she believes the Obama campaign has gone negative to the point of remanufacturing and reviving the likeness and destructively negative spirit of the well-known right-wing 90s' Harry and Louise anti-universal-healthcare attack ad.
- [See my February 1st post about it]

Today Hillary Clinton said, "Enough with the speeches and the big rallies and then using the tactics that are right out of Karl Rove's playbook," and "Shame on you, Barack Obama."

See this CNN video.

- [See: Clinton Unloads on Obama 'Destructive" Tactics, Perry Bacon Jr., The Trail, WaPo]
- [See Fact Hub: Obama Tactics Resurrect Harry and Louise]
- [See Fact Hub: Obama Campaign Distributes Two Dishonest Mailers In Ohio]


Barbara said...

I'm giving you a repost at BT - with attribution.