Tuesday, June 3, 2008

"I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees"

Back in February, when Hillary Clinton's campaign was very nearly as doomed as it is today, but a little before she decided to make sublimated (and not-so-sublimated) appeals to racism the basis of her campaign against Barack Obama, she went around saying this and things much like it:

Senator McCain will bring a lifetime of experience to the campaign, I will bring a lifetime of experience and Senator Obama will bring a speech that he gave in 2002 ... I think it is imperative that each of us be able to demonstrate we can cross the commander-in-chief threshold. And I believe I have done that. Certainly, Senator McCain has done that. And you will have to ask Senator Obama with respect to his candidacy.
I don't think anybody anticipated that these comments would cause trouble. Oh wait -- back in February, I said:
Whether the Democrats ultimately nominate Clinton or Obama, Clinton has already made a very forceful two-pronged case for John McCain: that the more experienced candidate is more qualified to be president (McCain it is), and that the more bellicose candidate is more qualified to be president (McCain it is, again). If the Democrats nominate Obama, Clinton has added an extra layer to the pro-McCain argument: "Even Hillary Clinton said so" to each of the two prongs.
It's almost as though I can read the minds of evil men:
An RNC official tells CNN to expect to see more of Republicans highlighting Clinton’s critical comments of Obama as the campaign now turns to the general election phase.

“We will use it repeatedly,” the official said.
Hillary Clinton is a fucking national treasure. What would any of us do without her keen sense of politics? I say we can't find out too soon.

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