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Posted by on Mar 6, 2008 in At TMV | 6 comments

House Candidate Hopes for Obama Coattail Effect

The Wall Street Journal reports that Sen Obama appears in a campaign ad running in the Chicago area for Democratic House candidate Bill Foster, running for former Republican House Speaker Rep Hastert’s seat.

I suspect that a survey of Superdelegates would confirm that Sen. Obama can do more to help Democrats attract swing and cross over voters than can Sen. Clinton. If the Party’s purpose is to expand its donors, base of supporters, and presence in all levels of government then I fail to see how Sen. Clinton could do that better than Sen. Obama.

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  • casualobserver

    Speaking of attracting cross-over voters (i.e., take away votes from McCain), Obamaniacs better hurry and do spin control on this little gem……..

    March 6, 2008, 10:46 am
    Obama Aide: Neither Candidate Ready for 3 a.m. Call
    By Kate Phillips

    As Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares for an afternoon news conference here in Washington, where she is to be surrounded by “military officers,” her campaign has put up a YouTube moment that you can bet will be replayed over and over.
    In it, Susan Rice, a foreign policy adviser to Senator Barack Obama, discusses the foreign policy credentials of both Democrats against the tableau of Mrs. Clinton’s 3 a.m. phone call advertisement about who would be best prepared for an international crisis. (While your children are safely asleep.)
    “Clinton hasn’t had to answer the phone at three o’clock in the morning and yet she attacked Barack Obama for not being ready,’’ Ms. Rice said. “They’re both not ready to have that 3 a.m. phone call.”

  • PaulSilver

    I don’t grasp the relevance of this comment to the post. Is this suppose to effect the cross over appeal of Obama?

  • casualobserver

    Yes, Paul. In her haste to put Clinton’s experience back on par with Obama’s, she is, IMO, inadvertently opening up a negative comparison of them both to McCain.

    You certainly have the right to believe the non-politically intense Republican voter will elevate some cross-party endorsing activity as a more motivating issue than the perception respecting foreign policy experience. I happen to believe they will not.

    Barring events that lead to a reversal of the decline in civilian and US military deaths in Iraq, by November, I believe Iraq, per se, will decline significantly in relevance to the “regular folk” voting motivations of 2006. However, foreign turmoil and domestic security, in general, will not.

    Further, the unethical behaviors and self-serving attitudes that also propelled R-vote defections in 2006, IMO, will not so readily attach to McCain.

    No one has tendered other than sparse anecdotal evidence that the primary cross-overing to date has permanent legs.

    You may post shills for your favorite candidate, however, I will feel motivated to do likewise.

  • jac66

    What Ms. Rice is pointing out is that none of the candidates have answered the phone in that particular type of situation. That doesn’t mean that Senator Obama is not qualified a she is. For Senator Clinton to insist that she has the expreience needs to be vetted. WHERE’S THE PROFF? Just being in the whitehouse doesn’t count. HILLARY was NOT THE PRESIDENT, her husband was. Show the American people your tax return and your papers.

  • GeorgeSorwell

    John McCain has been a long-time Senator–a legislator. Where’s his relevant executive experience?

  • Davebo

    John McCain has been a long-time Senator–a legislator. Where’s his relevant executive experience?

    Perhaps in the Savings & Loan industry?

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