February 19, 2008

The Flaming Hillary Nears Its Point Of Impact

Plagiarism? PLAGIARISM? That's the best you can do? (See here and here.)

She's down in money, tied in delegates, doesn't know how the Texas primary works (here), and the best arrow she's got in her quiver (the night before a critical primary) is plagiarism?

Uh, no.

Posted by baltar at February 19, 2008 08:52 AM | TrackBack | Posted to Politics


Well given that Obama's rhetoric is relatively praised it is a hit on one of his strengths. And they can used that. Though sure, as a general rule I think it's kind of a silly swipe to make. I mean are candidates supposed to refer to chapter and verse everyone they borrow a line from the Bible, Shakespeare, etc.?

And given the Clinton campaign's borrowing from the Obama and Edwards campaigns, it's all the more silly. But it might be effective in moving the views of a few.

Posted by: Armand at February 19, 2008 09:57 AM | PERMALINK

But it might be effective in moving the views of a few.

And that's my point: you (generally) want to move as many as possible. You don't have unlimited tries (the press will only cover so many stories), so you want each of those attempts to be as effective as possible. This one is just silly. It won't move many people, and seems a waste of time (especially the night before an important primary).

As others have noted, I think this says something far worse about Hillary's staff/planning than it does about Obama.

Posted by: baltar at February 19, 2008 10:10 AM | PERMALINK

Plagiarism from Deval Patrick, a major Obama supporter whose immediate response was, "We trade speech ideas all the time. There's nothing to this."

So much for her supposed advantage in managerial competence.

Posted by: jacflash at February 19, 2008 10:38 AM | PERMALINK

Well the bigger news of the day on the competence question is her failing to fill a full slate of PA delegates - which is kind of amazing, especially since Gov. Rendell supports her.

But I guess I'd follow up on my above comments by saying that if "the few" includes a few members of the media, at least she gets a good news cycle out of it.

Posted by: Armand at February 19, 2008 01:16 PM | PERMALINK

mightn't we say that the bigger news of the day is that, after polling at +/- 5 points with obama right up to primary day, CNN has her down by 17 with 86% reporting? yeah, that sounds like much bigger news to me.

Posted by: moon at February 19, 2008 11:59 PM | PERMALINK

That would be news of the night, not the day. :)

Posted by: Armand at February 20, 2008 08:39 AM | PERMALINK
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