Monday, March 10, 2008

Obama Shows He Can Play Hardball

Clinton started it, and Obama is finishing it, giving due notice to his opponents, also when he is President, that he can play hardball.

1. Hillary Clinton can forget about getting many delegates in Mississippi as the Obama campaign launches a radio ad using Hillary's comments badmouthing Mississippi. Daily Kos describes this one perfectly as "one very tough ad". Obama is surely not happy having to use this kind of material, but he has no choice but to respond to the constant stream of unjustified insults from the Clinton campaign, and people have been waiting to see if Obama has a tough side. The answer is, a very tough side, which, of course, you also need as President.

2. The 8-year old sleeping girl in the Clinton 3 a.m. political ad recognized herself in film footage shot nearly 10 years ago for a railroad ad, which the Clinton campaign purchased from Getty Images. So there you are, Clinton supporters, that is where your campaign donations are going. That same girl is now a soon-to-be 18-year old who plans to vote for Obama. See the story here. It is hard to believe that the Clinton campaign would buy this kind of footage featuring people they do not even know. What a disrespect to the young child sleeping in that ad. Incredible.

3. The Clintons are pictured in a photo from their earlier days with fundraiser Tony Rezko, who was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly giving campaign contributions and monies to politicians in exchange for favors. The Clinton campaign has tried by the inappropriate logic of guilt by associaton to tie to Obama to Rezko's allegedly illegal dealings, although there is no evidence of any wrongdoing by Obama whatsoever, nor has any prosecutor alleged any wrongdoing. Quite the contrary, Rezko contributed to the Democrats during Bill Clinton's presidency, and the Clintons were themselves involved in their own Whitewater scandal. It is hard to understand how Hillary Clinton can be treating Rezko as if he were already convicted. Whatever happened to the presumption of innocence in criminal law?

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