How the Clintons Misfired Against Obama
A lot of Americans were repulsed over the last two weeks of attacks against Barack Obama by the experienced, well-organized Clinton political team. How did such an experienced, accomplished team's efforts backfire leading Obama to win in South Carolina and regain momentum? (I woke up today to a story that Clinton's advisors will try to shift the former president back into the sunnier, supportive-spouse role that he played before Mrs. Clinton’s loss in the Iowa caucuses)
For years, the Clinton team has engineered itself to respond to attacks of the powerful, well-funded, conservative, right-wing attack machine. After Clinton lost in Iowa, the Clinton team turned its efforts on rising Democratic star Obama. The problem is that while the Clinton response tactics work against the powerful, Barack Obama still represents the underdog, under-represented minority in America, the powerless.
When the Clinton team turned weapons of the powerful on the representative of the powerless, we all reacted in disgust.
To beat Obama, Clinton's team needs to compliment him as a candidate, acknowledge his accomplishments, then raise intellectual arguments about his readiness to be the best president. Unfortunately, by sending out their attack dogs into the mainstream media across the country, the Clinton team showed perhaps the uglier side of their ambition, their capacity for divisiveness (which surprised me) and some political tone-deafness (rare for Bill Clinton).