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Hillary channels Bush: Be afraid! So vote for me.

Not having watched commercial TV in ages I hadn’t yet seen any election ads until today. To be honest I feel like screaming anytime one of the gentle-voiced NPR’ers talks about one candidate’s advantage over the other in terms of the NUMBER OF ADVERTISEMENTS they’ve been able to buy. What are we choosing here, a can of soup?

But I guess this is the sorry state of our democracy and I applaud Obama for taking the high road with a thoughtful, to the point message. You can see both ads – and the clear contrast between them – over at the really cool Moue Magazine.

All I can say about Clinton is “Yikes!” Her ad borrows from those old “It’s the middle of the night, do you know where your kids are” public service “freak-the-parents-into-responsibility” messages. I guess she’s trying to scare the crap out of Texans into voting for her out of a sense of their own protection.

It’s really ridiculous.

Isn’t eight years of a president scaring the folk into supporting his policies enough? Is this how she plans to govern, too? Does she not see Obama streaking past her in the polls sounding like FDR?

Clearly she doesn’t get it. We could argue about her support for the war (she supported it), whether she was for NAFTA before (apparently) being against it when barnstorming the Rust Belt, etc. etc. What really worries me most is the choices she’s making in her election strategy, which show unbelievably poor judgment. Like this Texas advertisement. Like whining about being asked tough questions. Like mocking the concept of “hope” and change. Frank Rich in the NY Times last Sunday had a devastating article that really exposed her many campaign errors, and it was eye-opening and disturbing. Among the many accusations was this bullet:

“Mrs. Clinton may be right that Mr. Obama has a thin résumé, but her disheveled campaign keeps reminding us that the biggest item on her thicker résumé is the health care task force that was as botched as her presidential bid”.

I really don’t believe she’d be a good president. The more I learn about her the more I really do hope Obama wins this thing.

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February 29, 2008   |  Filed Under Political   |    Permalink

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