Thursday, August 07, 2008

Clinton Clams Up

Bill Clinton has nothing to worry about--he won't be running for office again. Sure, he wants his wife to be President (I assume), but his place in history is secure.

So I'm a bit surprised that he won't swallow and say that Obama is ready to be president. I don't know how he truly feels, but you'd think for the sake of the party he'd at least say it. We're about to have two conventions where we'll hear little but fulsome praise for the top man, mostly from people who know better. Is it that big a deal, Bill?


Anonymous Lawrence King said...

I'm always staggered at how much opinion and speculation are put in news stories that are (supposedly) not opinion pieces.

From this story:

A rift between Mr Obama and Mr Clinton could severely damage the Illinois senator's chances of prevailing over Mr McCain.

Interesting claim. And the reporter found precisely what evidence to support this claim?

1:09 AM, August 07, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The weasel word "could" saves that sentence, but also makes it close to meaningless.

2:34 AM, August 07, 2008  
Blogger New England Guy said...

It hurts to be out of the limelight and misunderstood. However, I think Bill is getting a bit a raw deal on this one- his answer was general and self-deprecating and notable only for his failure to utter the magic words. The story here to me is not his pointless banalities but the way the people have jumped on him. I only saw the Today Show where celebrity interviewer Matt Lauer insightful observation was "The correct answer to that question [whether Obama is qualified] is "yes"]. So now the media is horrified when people don't spin correctly.

The sentence above could have been bolstered by a double weasel to support the "could". It should have begun "Some fear that...."

5:12 AM, August 07, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got to go with LAGuy on this one -- it seems somewhat churlish for Bill to begrudge Obama this basic party pleasantry. He's too press savvy not to know that withholding the tidbit will be a story and strongly suggest his reservations.

8:34 PM, August 07, 2008  

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