March 18, 2008
The Wright issue at the Wrong time?
Democrats who worry that Barack Obama is untested can put their concerns to rest.Excellent analysis. Read the rest.
While Richard Cohen wants to know what took Obama so long to address the Wright issue, what I want to know is:
What took the Clintons so long to bring it to the forefront?
Old video footage can hardly be called "newly discovered evidence" and the Clintons and their operatives are seasoned pros, who've surely known about this for a long time. Why now? Why not months ago, when Obama could have been derailed before his solid winning streak?
I don't know. But as timing is everything in politics, I suspect the Clintons did not want to give Obama a "Sister Souljah" opportunity which might have made them look bad and made him look good. As it is now, Obama looks like a backpeddling imposter, so the damage to him is incalculably worse, yet too late. Might they be trying to ensure his loss against McCain in order to ensure their spot at the top in 2012? Is a Democratic defeat now in loser Hillary's interest, just as a Kerry defeat was in her interest in 2004?
Or might the forever-stalled release of Clinton library documents and tax returns have something to do with it? From the Examiner:
....Clinton is uniquely positioned to demonstrate good faith by delivering on her promised openness now, instead of after the election. Her first step should be clearing the path for journalists, academics and other researchers seeking access to the millions of key Clinton administration documents hidden in the Clinton presidential library.Since Foster's death is a closed issue no sane person is allowed to discuss, I won't. But I'd still like to know what exactly happened to his once "accidentally destroyed" then magically "reappearing" hard drive. I'll bet Hillary's campaign director Maggie Williams knows -- as she's the one who removed records from Vince's office on Hillary's orders.
The Examiner continues
Also, she should let the sun shine now on documents concerning her weekly meetings with officials from the White House counsel's office and the Justice Department to vet judicial nominees. And she should open access to all documents on her role in foreign policy decisions concerning Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Northern Ireland and Rwanda.Rwanda? I've heard talk of how she brought peace to Northern Ireland, but is Rwanda another one of Hillary's foreign policy accomplishments? I'd like to know more....
Step two is to release all of her tax returns, as is customary for serious presidential candidates. Step three is to make public all donor names to the Clinton library and foundation. Anything less than these three immediate steps, and Clinton's open government promises won't mean a thing to anybody except gullible journalists who accept them at face value.As things stand right now, no one will be interested in asking Hillary about open government, much less gullibly accepting her answers at face value.
All eyes are on Obama to do the "Wright" thing.
Sigh. Another day, another national media pageant. And another cynical blog post.
(I almost feel like accusing the script writers of having a dark sense of humor, but that would be wrong....)
posted by Eric on 03.18.08 at 08:52 AM
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