Saturday, March 08, 2008

Advice for Hillary and Obama: Play nice

The Democratic primary battle between Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama is becoming increasingly ugly. Unless they begin to campaign in a less poisonous fashion, they will commit political suicide and ensure the election of Sen. John McCain, the Republican candidate.

Despite polls showing that both Hillary and Obama now lead McCain, I am convinced that McCain will win the Presidential election unless the two Democratic candidates tone down their personal attacks upon each other. By November, the poisonous charges they are now exchanging will have been more fully absorbed by the electorate.

The behavior of both the Clinton and Obama camps is a good argument that maybe the Democrats ought to return to the venerable process of picking candidates in smoke-filled rooms during the Presidential conventions. In those days, the dirty stuff rarely emerged in time to affect the voters, particularly independents or the undecided.

As the Democratic primary campaign becomes more bitter, the Republican attack-dogs are collecting all the dirty stuff that the Clinton and Obama camps are throwing at each other. What better ammunition could they have for the November election?

The Democratic primaries are especially pathetic because the policy views of the two candidates are virtually indistinguishable. Moreover, when you compare the abilities of both Hillary and Obama to the White House's current occupant, there's no doubt that both candidates are eminently qualified to be President.

Hillary and Obama have cheapened the primary campaign by trying to tear each other down. The issues should be which one makes the more forceful argument against McCain and the more penetrating and meaningful critique of the Bush Administration's blunders.

Perhaps my view of the primary race is a bit of sour grapes. I would have preferred Al Gore or John Edwards as the Democratic candidate. Or Senators Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and Joe Biden of Delaware. I have to hold my nose watching Hillary and Obama go at each other. Their antics, I feel, are making McCain's election inevitable.

I'm reminded of my grandmother's impatience while she watched her small grandchildren playing too boisterously for her taste. "Play nice!" she would demand. I would give the same advice to Hillary and Obama.


Blogger Norma said...

Based on campaigns I've seen other years, I think they've been handling the situation with kid gloves--just based on what is generally known about them, each has been the model of discretion. What has come out has been amateurish--like the photo in African costume, or using his middle name. So what? Each needs to put their spouses in a box until after November, however.

Sunday, March 09, 2008 6:01:00 PM  
Blogger Ginnie said...

"Play nice" it possible in this day and age...or anytime, I guess? I'm sick of the whole procedure and really fear for our future...especially if McCain gets in.

Friday, March 14, 2008 9:19:00 AM  
Blogger Chancy said...

I long for an old fashioned President. Bring back Harry Truman.

You remember what HST said when asked what was the first thing he would do when he returned to Independence.

" I will take my valise up to the attic"

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 10:58:00 PM  
Blogger joared said...

We'll see how much "playing nice" goes on after the Dems August convention and we have the two parties going after each other. I'd like to think this year they'd concentrate on issues, but.....

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 5:42:00 AM  
Anonymous gel (Emerald Eyes) said...

My grandparents used to say "play nice" or "make nice", too. I wish all political candidates would cease with the personal attacks. That is not addressing the issues.

Saturday, March 22, 2008 4:14:00 AM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

I've spent most of my life working to give my family what I perceived their needs to be. I never went passed high school and always regretted what I didn't have time to learn more. Balancing the time I was able to give my family, marriage and friends. I always felt too stupid to have someone explain what I seem to not be able to get. (dyslexic) However, there is one thing I do matter what the promises whoever g ends up in office will be committed to policies already in place. There cannot be a quick exit to this war.

Economically our dollar is a joke and respect for us in other countries is chilling. When we traveled to Europe last year I didn't make it known I was an American.

We are not liked or trusted. I don't trust our government how could other countries? Our health care is so in need of help many of my friends in their 60's have to work for insurance coverage in order to survive the cost. Our national news for the last five years seems to focus only on the war and few other issues we face daily. always leads back to the war.

Who can and who will really address our problems. The house of representatives is so mired in commitments to lobbyist's who continue to feed their careers they are self serving. Most Americans like myself feel helpless. Will change made difference? I don't think so. However, if only I knew more, and could say more and unite rather then divide..could it make a difference? Thanks for letting me vent. I'm so glad I found your site.

Dorothy from grammology
call your gram

Monday, March 24, 2008 9:30:00 AM  

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