Tuesday, January 08, 2008

A Few Thoughts on Clinton's Victory in NH

1.) The traditional media has been telling us for days that Senator Obama would win by double digits and that Senator Clinton's genuine emotional answer to a question in a diner yesterday was a mistake. Tonight, they've got some 'splaining to do.

2.) I love Barack Obama. He would make a fantastic president. But he can't have it both ways. From listening to his speeches, it seems that Senator Obama looks back over the last 15 years and he doesn't see a Democratic President who led the largest period of economic growth in the history of the world. He doesn't see a Republican President who has led our nation from record surpluses to record deficits and started an unjust war that will cost the American people over one trillion dollars. Instead he sees that both parties were equally wrong and too partisan. That is simply not true. The problem in Washington is not partisanship. The problem in Washington (and in America) is that Democrats don't have a large enough majority yet. Indeed it is Democratic attempts at bipartisanship over the last 7 years (on tax cuts, No Child Left Behind, and the Iraq War) that have produced the greatest disasters for our country. "Let's all play nice" is ahistorical and a dangerously naive.

3.) If every campaign really boils down to just one sentence, I think Senator Clinton's "Ready for Change" beats Senator Obama's "Change, We Believe."

4.) It was absolutely priceless watching pasty-fat-head-know-nothing pundits like Chris Matthews, Lou Dobbs, and Carl Bernstein spit and sputter while trying to dance around the fact that they just plain got it wrong and the voters saw it differently than they did.

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